Letter: Asks Woodridge Local School District residents to back tax issue for buildings

As was published in the West Side Leader, May 28, 2015:

As I reflect on this past year, my fifth as a teacher at Woodridge Intermediate School, I am filled with pride and admiration at the growth of our students and the perseverance of our staff. We work very hard and love your children day in and day out because we take the challenge of educating and supporting these beautiful minds for our changing world very seriously. We want to be a part of your village that helps to provide for your children, your grandchildren and your neighbors to guide and prepare them for the happy and fulfilling lives that they dream of and deserve. We promise to continue to educate each child as our own, and we humbly seek your support in this effort.

Our building is old and in need of repairs, the costs of which exceed estimates to replace both the Intermediate and Primary buildings. Our facility also presents many roadblocks to providing and maintaining state-of-the-art technology that affords our students engaging learning opportunities in an increasingly technology-focused, global world. When a community invests in facilities that are designed to provide students with the learning tools they need, such as increased access to online devices, close proximity to Woodridge facilities, space needed to enhance individualized learning, and of course a safe facility, students are introduced to new opportunities and the world opens up. As a teacher, I am committed to the future of this community. Please help us continue our great legacy of learning and join us in our effort to educate a new generation of thinkers, problem solvers, community members and happiness seekers by supporting our levy*, which provides the funds needed to build and enhance our facilities to best serve our future generations in November of 2015.

 Maureen Farris, Akron