Opinion

To the Sevastopol School District Voters and Property Owners

By Lisa Bieri      

The referendum votes on November 6th offer residents of the Sevastopol School district an
important opportunity.
Voters have a chance to improve the District's school facility in a way that will impact every
grade level. This is a chance to support the school's already outstanding educational programs
and offer new opportunities in all areas.
Teachers and students at Sevastopol do perform at a high level, and that causes some to ask
why the facility upgrades are needed. The District cannot ignore the fact that all areas of
education have changed since the oldest buildings were constructed in 1924 and 1946. And
technology is taking education in directions many have never experienced. Learning
environments that are up-to-date and safe will allow students and teachers to blend the old with
the new and enhance student learning experiences.
The District cannot afford to push facilities maintenance and renewal down the road for three
important reasons:
1) Teachers and students are expected to perform at the highest level possible for each, and
this community has come to expect, if not demand that;
2) The District must continue to improve safety and security;
3) Costs will not decrease, and maintenance items will continue to rise.
To summarize, the operational referendum will allow Sevastopol School to continue with
excellent academic and extra-curricular programs. The facility referendum offers a long-term
solution for meeting the needs of elementary students, safety and security needs, and
technology/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) needs for the school
district.
Quality education affects not only those students being served, but an entire community. Thank
you to all the community members who have invested time in the facility planning, those who
attended open houses and those who have reached out with questions.
Lisa Bieri

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