Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 17, 2013

In Your View



Fairview High needs renovations

I am a proud student at Fairview Middle School, and I would like to explain to you why we need the tax levy passed.

I have been at Fairview since I was in preschool. In this time, I have had the most amazing, caring teachers that only a small school can offer! Even though I live out of district, I would never choose any other school!  I don't have to go to Fairview, but I want to!

I wish I lived in the district, so my parents could pay taxes to Fairview! My school has taught me how to read and write, do math, and a lot of other things! As I have gotten older, I have learned so much stuff at this school. So, I would like to tell the world why Fairview needs the tax passed!

First, Fairview High School has been around for more than 60 years.  Since then, we have not had any major renovations done to our school. Second, when it rains hard, the water comes through the windows. Third, when it is hot outside, the air conditioning hardly even works, which makes it a hard environment to learn in. When it is cold outside, our heat hardly works. That makes students and teachers wear heavy coats and other thick clothes around school.

So, please vote "no" on Feb. 19.  We need a school where students can learn in an environment that is comfortable!

Shaina Ward, Fairview student

He’d support tax if he could vote

“Of all the schools we love ole Fairview best, the little ones big ones and all the rest.  We always cling to you and faithful be, no matter where in later life we chance to be.  The memories of you will be so dear and you will always fill our hearts with cheer.  We always love to best ol’ Fairview School, Fairview School, Rah, rah, rah!” — Fairview fight song.

After reading all the letters,  I’ve noticed two common themes are athletics and out-of-district students. The writers seem to forget that Fairview has great test scores, a high graduation rate and has produced many highly professional people in many fields.

Some of the naysayers are up in arms about students transferring to play sports, but fail to realize many transfer for the academics, the class sizes and family atmosphere of Fairview.  The school has the choice to accept these out-of-district students based on their academic achievement, attendance, behavior and so on.

The Department of Education has already announced that there will be no textbook money or technology money allotted to Kentucky schools for the next four years. Districts are going to have to make up the difference to provide the needed resources to students. 

Even without transfer students, these are all things that students need to stay. 

I do not live in Westwood anymore, but if I did, there’s no doubt what my vote would be.  I’ll always support my Eagles!

 Larry Salyers, Ashland


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