Letter to the Editor: Vote YES for ICSD capital improvement bond


We will vote YES on the Ithaca City School District’s tax-neutral capital improvement bond on May 21, 2019.

As parents of two children who have each been in ICSD schools since kindergarten, for the past decade we’ve gone to “curriculum night” every fall, where we sit at small desks, listen to the thoughtful plans set for the year by our kids’ enthusiastic teachers, and count our blessings that we have access to excellent teachers, attentive support staff, and forward-thinking public education.

At the same time, it’s no secret that the buildings need attention. We are glad to see ICSD getting ahead of the game with a 10-year plan.  One big example -- our two kids went through grades 1-4 and grades 5-8 respectively, toting a water bottle to school every day because the schools’ water was shut off for three years, only just going back on this year. Roofs leak, bathroom tiles are falling off, and learning spaces are tight.

It’s truly impressive that ICSD has figured out a way to address infrastructure needs – plus building safety, and upgrading teaching and learning spaces – all without raising taxes.

If you no longer have children in public school but you did in the past, send out a mental thank you to the generation that came before you and planned ahead so your child could benefit – and vote yes for the next generation.

If you don’t have children in school now, but you might someday – help plan for that future by voting yes.

And if, like us, your children currently get the benefit of excellent, publicly-available education, please join us and go vote on May 21, 12-9 p.m. – YES for the ICSD capital improvement bond.

Leslie and Cody Danks Burke


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