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Everyone is responsible for better schools

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Reading about the future of our schools in the March 21 Telegraph article by SVM reporter David Giuliani restarted the conversation about our schools in Dixon.

And though I’m betting most of you disagree with me – 72 percent of you didn’t [support the county sales tax] the last time [April 9, 2013, election] – we have to do something with the taxes in order to just catch up at this point to, never mind the rest of the country, but the rest of northern Illinois. 

Sterling, Rochelle and Mendota, to name just a few, are school districts that recognized the problems they had and didn’t worry about nostalgia when looking at their students and the future. They made the necessary changes that were needed to enhance their current and future students within their districts. 

As a proud Dixon alum, I received what I believe to be is a great education here. But while receiving my degree in education and working in schools that serve the 21st-century student, I learned how far behind Dixon schools really are. A beautiful façade does not make for wonderful infrastructure.

Dixon needs a new high school for our students. The cost for building a new DHS is almost half of what it would cost to update the current Dixon High School to standards that the state requires. 

Dixon needs to not be afraid to think outside the box. This is not just on the school board to come up with a solution; this is on all of us to help, be it through the 1 percent sales tax, fundraising, or worst-case scenario, higher property taxes.

We can’t be afraid to invest in our future, because if we don’t, why would any family want to stay around?

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