Letter to the Editor – FM Partners advocates for Central Lee bond issue


Letter to the Editor:
Fort Madison Partner Affiliates: Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce; Main Street; Fort Madison Economic Development; and Fort Madison-Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, recognize the value that quality educational opportunities bring to our area and offer our support for the passing of the $13.3 million Central Lee Community School District Bond Referendum.
Primarily, it is important to be able to offer our youth a strong educational foundation to compete in our global economy. We have a unique opportunity in our area to be able to offer choices when it comes to quality education and we use it as a selling point for the community every chance we get. This selling point will become even stronger with new/updated facilities at both the high school as well as elementary building.
The proposed upgrades will have an everlasting impact on our children and future generations. It will take all of us, whether you are a parent, grandparent or just care about the future of our county, showing your support for a safe, accessible learning environment to make the new additions and renovations become a reality. The proposed development not only affords our children the opportunity to attend an improved facility but also provides new space for high school athletics, fine art programs, culinary art space, new Early Childhood Center at the Elementary building, as well as safe and secure entrances for both buildings.
Safety is a key factor in these building initiatives. As times change, what was adequate for one generation is no longer adequate now. It is our responsibility to ensure everyone at school feels safe- teachers, students and administrative staff. While basic security measures are in place, the current layout of the main entrances present challenges when it comes to safety.
In summation, our support for the Central Lee Community School District Bond Referendum addresses these key points: economic development and recruitment of professionals and businesses; investing in the future success of our youth; the recruitment of quality educators; and the safety of our children.
We hope citizens will vote in favor of the Central Lee Community School District Bond Referendum. With your support, we can create new learning environments to accommodate advanced programs and provide quality educational opportunities- preparing our youth for their future tomorrow!

Tim Gobble Executive Director, Fort Madison Partners

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