Support the schools

In our small rural community, the school is at the center of our lives. The importance of a strong educational system cannot be overstated. It is our responsibility to ensure that we offer the best programs possible. This requires dollars.

Our current levy of $4.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value will be reduced by state law to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2019. This change in funding will dramatically impact existing programs and reduce staff not funded by state dollars.

It is imperative that we do all we can to lessen this drastic dollar loss. The Waterville School replacement levy will be voted upon Feb. 13 with ballots mailed Jan. 26. This is a MUST PASS levy. It is our duty to vote YES for the kids — their futures depend on it.

I have been associated with the Waterville School in many ways — beginning in the first grade — and I know its importance to all of us.

Alice Ruud

Waterville