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Vote ‘YES’ on Issue 3, continue positive direction of city schools

Register • Apr 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

When I served on the Sandusky Board of Education just a short time ago, citizens in the community would often ask me why I chose to serve on this board instead of campaigning for a seat on the Sandusky City Commission.

My standard reply was the same then as it is now: I respect those who endeavor to serve as city commissioners, but for me, there is no greater responsibility than ensuring that all of our city’s children receive a high-quality education and the fundamental tools needed to carve their own niche to success in the future.

There are so many other reasons why I feel this way, but there are probably few more important to me than this one: Sandusky City Schools and the education my teachers provided laid the foundation for my own success far beyond high school.

Eventually, I would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Norfolk State University, a master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in urban studies and communication studies.

I know the difference that education made in my own life, so for the past 10 years I have joined others in efforts to ensure that all of our children have the same opportunity to receive a high-quality education.

In order to continue this tradition, I’m asking citizens to support our children in a very special way May 6 by voting “yes” on Issue 3.

This is a renewal levy, not a new tax, and it does not increase our taxes. So essentially, this renewal levy allows us to maintain our commitment to Sandusky’s children.

I also ask you to think about the exciting new initiatives that have been implemented by the Sandusky Board of Education withinthe past two years to better serve all of our children.

They include the following: an expansion of preschool classes to serve more children, the opening of the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, Compass Academy and a significant increase in parent and community involvement.

I believe these efforts, and more, are just the start of paving the way for the future success of Sandusky City Schools.

So join me in advancing the proud Blue Streak tradition of excellence, and let’s keep moving in a positive direction by voting “YES” on Issue 3 next Tuesday.

Dr. Richard Koonce


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