Before turning to the subject of my Council Corner, I want to take a moment to remember those who gave life and limb back on September 11, 2001. Please keep those people, and all the other people, including many members of our military, who gave and risk their lives for our freedom, in your thoughts. Thank you.
One of the freedoms we enjoy in America is the right to vote. This November, one of the most important things on the ballot will be Measure P, the school improvement bond measure for the San Mateo-Foster City School District. Just a few weeks ago, our City Council voted unanimously to support Measure P and each of us pledged to do what she or he could to ask our residents to vote in favor of it.
Measure P came about, in part, as a result of a long public process looking for a solution to school overcrowding in the School District. The process involved District and City Officials, parents, residents, and local businesses. Many different options were discussed over many weeks of meetings and discussions. The issue is a complex one, but the process allowed for all interests to be represented and, I believe, the best option, rebuilding Bowditch Middle School to accommodate more students, was selected. In addition, Measure P will be used to significantly improve the Knolls campus in San Mateo and allow that school to be reopened for the growing student enrolment in the District. Finally, Measure P will allow the district to provide 21st-century technology in the classroom for its students to ensure they can keep up with new, rigorous State academic standards and are not at a competitive disadvantage.
As a matter of principle, I think there is little more important duty in life than caring for and educating our children. While no one likes to pay more taxes, and I have fought against new taxes during my entire tenure on the City Council, the fact remains that our State does not provide sufficient funds to educate our children in reasonable facilities and with reasonable and modern equipment, so that job, my friends, is left to us.
Our School District is one of the best in the State. Many of its schools rank as some of the best schools anywhere. Great schools are no small part of what makes Foster City a great place to live and, I believe, keeps property values high. Rebuilding Bowditch Middle School will allow the District to offer that great education in a facility that can provide resources that the current, aging facility simply cannot. Our families and our children deserve nothing less than the best education we can give them and a refurbished facility will allow just that.
Measure P does not and cannot go to salaries. There will be an oversight committee that will ensure that it is used to improve or replace worn facilities and provide modern technology for our children to use to learn.
As I started this article by saying, one of our most important obligations as citizens of our community is to provide for and educate our children. They are the ones who will ensure that the kind of life available in cities like San Mateo and Foster City will endure. I have been working with officials at the School District for many months now and I am convinced that the solutions reached with great community input are the best solutions for San Mateo and Foster City.
Please vote Yes on Measure P in November. It is your chance to help make a difference in our future.
Those are my thoughts. You can always share your ideas with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (650) 286-3504.
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