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Edison levy vital for students

To the editor:

The Edison Local School District has an “emergency” renewal levy on the ballot on Nov. 5, and the passage of the renewal will bring about many positive and well-deserved changes to the school district at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Edison Local is one of only two school districts in Ohio where students can earn an associate’s degree (from Eastern Gateway Community College) without ever leaving the campus of Edison High School. This would not be possible without the dedication of Edison teachers and administration to their students. Updates to the building, curriculum and technology will continue upon the passage of the levy to ensure that students are learning in a modern 21st-century environment with a challenging curriculum while using state-of-the-art technology.

Edison is rich in its athletic history, and this levy proposes a plan to have all of the athletic fields on the Edison High School campus. This is not only convenient for students, coaches, parents and community members, but it is necessary to ensure the safety of all students and coaches who have to travel away from Edison High School grounds to practices and games. The new plan includes baseball and softball fields, newly paved parking lots and a 1,500-seat gymnasium with an indoor track on the second level and indoor practice areas for spring sports. This is not only beneficial to athletes, but the rest of the students as well, as the gym will serve for graduation, school assemblies and other events in the district.

It is important to note that because this is a renewal levy, it will bring about no new taxes to voters in the school district.

Even with updates to the buildings in the school district, the addition of the track at the high school and countless other improvements that already have been made, this levy is still extremely vital. I encourage all Edison voters to vote for Issue 10 on Nov. 5, to ensure that current and future Wildcats get the same education, opportunities and experiences that I did. Go Cats.

Shannon Bahen

Edison High School

Class of 2019 Graduate

Stratton

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