Growing up in Visalia, I have witnessed growth in our community that has been balanced and well planned, both in our city and in our schools.
In November, we have the opportunity to support Visalia Unified School District in its effort to continue delivering well-planned and balanced schools for our children and grandchildren in years to come.
Measure A will provide the funding we need to upgrade our elementary schools, make much-needed improvements to our existing middle and high schools and build a future high school. When we as a community contribute financially to facilities, the state matches those funds. If we don’t make the investment, other communities will receive those matching dollars.
Quality schools deliver the foundation for bright futures. They also serve as community resources for athletics, the arts, churches and more. They are critically important as we work to recruit employers, teachers, land physicians.
Putting a sales tax or bond measure on the ballot is a hard decision. Much research goes into determining the need and the amount. Although there will not always be total consensus, the Visalia way is to hold these discussions, and they have been held.
Visalia will continue to grow and especially in the northwest area of the community. We must continue to upgrade our schools and provide campuses where our growth is projected.
For these reasons, I am supporting Measure A.