It is important for everyone to not lose sight of the Proposition 2 1/2 override and what it means for the Dracut public schools as well as our town. I am a resident of Dracut, no qualifier needed; we are all residents, one and the same.
It comes down to what kind of town and community we want to live in together. I am no politician and I for one have always believed in community and our ability to rise above the rhetoric and see the facts.
It is a fact that our schools have had their budget decreased year over year for the last several years. It is not a question of spending within the budget anymore; it is a question of being able to provide standard services to our students and not having the funds to do so.
It is a fact that the Dracut public schools have made many cuts including: 21 teaching positions (as well as 18 other positions last year alone); 43 class courses at the high school level; foreign languages; music programs; and reading specialists.
It is a fact that the Dracut public schools cannot support online learning, which is the norm for current classrooms. This is why a technology upgrade is essential, which will include a fiber optic system that the rest of the town departments can utilize in the future.
It is also a fact that in 2012 Dracut spent less per pupil than 319 schools out of a total 327 public schools in Massachusetts.
I for one don't think this is acceptable for the kids or our town. I'm a hard-working Dracut resident just like you who expects what everyone else expects or may have already received from their community -- a competitive education.
Everyone in the town benefits from a strong school system, from higher property values to well-prepared individuals who will live and work in our community in the future. And this is why I say: Vote yes for Dracut on Sept. 9.