Stillwater: Hoffman's Support For The Levy
I bet I was not the only Stillwaterian who found retiring School Board member Nancy Hoffmann's Farewell Address On The Levy a little bit sad.
Hoffman's final pre-election word on the levy was printed in the local newspapers last week. Readers will recall that Hoffman won election to the School Board as a write-in candidate, riding a wave of outrage over spending on the new "school laptop computer loan program." (Her write-in candidate colleague also won election on the "anti-laptop rage" platform that year: Chris Kunze, who will go down in Stillwater history as the School Board member who betrayed his colleagues and tried to kill the levy after promising them he would support it.)
But Hoffman is retiring (health reasons) and her words of farewell are ominous. This undoubtedly conservative elected official tells us that if this levy fails to pass, the local schools will suffer mightily. According to Hoffman, folks who object to the high price tag are in denial--it is indeed a "replacement levy" and there is simply "no more fat to cut" out of the school budget.
So let's hope it passes. We all have a stake in keeping the local schools up to standard over the next five years--doing so makes our homes more valuable, builds the character of the community, it sends the smart kids off to good schools, and makes even the stupidest kids a little bit smarter.
Without the solid educational basics I got from our public school system, I doubt that I ever could have completed the G.O.P. Property Tax Rocket. Today, that rocket is flying. And that should inspire us all.