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10/16/2012 1:35:00 PM
Editorial: Step up support for Williams' schools - vote YES on override
Williams-Grand Canyon News

The Williams Unified School District is asking voters to approve a budget override on the November ballot. We agree that this override is needed and should be supported by the voters. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers, as the school district is requesting an extension of the current override. If the override is not approved, the Williams Unified School District could lose $372,000 in funding.

Small rural school districts like Williams suffer the most in tight state budgets. There have been numerous cuts in education funding over the past few years, and it is more important than ever for local communities to support their schools.

A crucial component of any community is schools that provide a quality, well-rounded education. Investing in the education of our youth will always pay off in the long run. Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School have better ratings than several area schools, and have been on a steady path of achievement. This positive movement can further be seen in the fact that the vast majority of teachers and the administration are full-time Williams area residents. This has not always been the case. Furthermore, the funding provided by the override helps the District to attract and retain quality teachers and staff.

The Williams Unified School District offers full-day kindergarten (which is not fully funded by the state), Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity Sports programs, strong vocational programs, art, physical education, and many other important offerings. These are important aspects of every child's education, and passing the override is necessary for their sustainability.

Our schoolchildren and our schools are our future and our responsibility. By passing this override, voters in the Williams school district send a strong message that we care about and value our youth and their education in our community. This issue is meaningful for all voters, regardless of whether they have children attending school or not. Our schools and our students are our community. Please vote YES for the Williams Unified School District Budget Override.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Harris

vote no! No more taxes. If Obama gets reflected, we will be taxed like you've never seen to pay for all the free social services. Nothing is free.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Retired In Williams

Govt always wants more no matter what - there will always be "unmet needs" that the local bureaucrats will want more of our money to meet - I say stop the madness vote no on the Override

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: john aguilar

Do your research before you spout off. A yes vote won't raise your taxes they will stay the same. A no vote won't drop your taxes more than a year's worth of subscription to your local newspaper. I forgot your retired and don't have any kids in the school system so why would you worry about the future of our youth you won't be here anyway.

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Wilkerson

I don't think we should extend our credit to the district or pay any more taxes until we see some more data published in the paper. We should see how our school stacks up now on national testing averages and around the state as well. In the USA we pay more per capita to support education than anywhere else on the planet and we still don't get the results. We have a teacher student ration 30% better than the 60s and have lower test results. It's not the money anymore. We have other problems like parents who don't give a damn and students who would rather be playing angry bird. Lets see some more info before we waste more money on a broken system.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: go back to school

It isn't a new tax, can't you read? Support you home town kids Williams!!!!

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

"Retired in Williams", I don't know who you've been talking to, but this override will not create any new taxes. There is no additional expense to any taxpayers if this is voted through.

Want to know why enrollment is declining? Our facilities are becoming old and outdated, their resources old and outdated, and our teachers going elsewhere for more pay. Do you think cutting $372,000 from their budget will fix any of those issues? Our schools have all new administration in place. Let's give these people a chance to turn things around without forcing them to cut more programs for the kids at the same time.

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: Retired In Williams

No new taxes..I don't understand why in the face of declining enrollement we have to increase taxes

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