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Letters to the editor - UPDATED Aug. 21
Can't we move on?
I thought that all the pertinent questions and issues concerning Groveport's water had been asked and researched ad nauseam. A decision has been made. How much do we have to pay for study after study to make a decision? Anyone have a dollar total on the funds that have been used for all of these studies?
As far as I can tell, neither option is inexpensive, but a decision must be made. In 2020, the average bill listed in the June 24, Southeast Messenger would be $274.27 per quarter. Under Columbus, the average listed in the June 24 Southeast Messenger would be $260.57,which is only $13.70 per quarter more in cost. To me that is not enough of a difference to abandon and give up my water rights. Why would we want to give control of such a vital asset away? The less control you have, the less say you get in the results.
In the Aug. 19, Southeast Messenger (page 5) there is an entire list of projects that the city of Groveport is working on. It doesn't seem to me that there is any lack of council looking into funding for needed improvements to Groveport. I think council does an acceptable job. No one has a crystal ball to see exactly what every decision will result in. You can only do the best with what you have.
Can't we move on?
Steve and Andrea Stuts
Groveport Madison Schools thankful
Groveport Madison Schools and the board of education asked for the community to pass a replacement levy at the Aug. 7 special election.
We are very grateful to the voters and the community for their support in passing our levy. Thank you for taking the time to go to the polls and support Groveport Madison Schools. We will continue to work to save the Groveport community additional monies while improving opportunities for our students.
Thanks also to our levy committee co-chairs, Libby Gray and Maria McGraw, teachers, administrators, students and volunteers. We are relieved and happy to have passed this levy knowing our schools and our students will not have to face losing another $8 million in funding. A hard-working group of volunteers made up of parents, staff, students, residents and community leaders played a big part in reaching out to the voters to ensure they were informed about the importance of this levy. We are grateful for their efforts and for their commitment.
Thanks for helping to kick off the 2012-13 school year in a great way. Go Cruisers!
Groveport Madison Local Schools
CW's Blues & Ribfest has its highest attendance
The 2012 Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest held the first Friday/Saturday in August just recorded the highest attendance since it began in 2010.
Crowd estimates ranged between 28,000 to 30,000 guests with many of those visiting our city for the first time. On behalf of the board of Destination: Canal Winchester, I want to thank a number of key segments in our community for that success.
Nothing like this is possible without the support of the city of Canal Winchester. Whether it is planning or direct involvement during the festival's operation, our city employees are second to none under the oversight of Mayor Ebert, his administration, and members of city council. We want to thank our incredible sponsors because they understand it takes significant resources to deliver a quality event.
Our local businesses deserve much credit for the overall success of the Blues & Ribfest. Through partnership, sponsorship, and/or accomodation, they all can share pride in the accomplishment. Heartfelt thanks goes also to the many great volunteers who gave their precious time and energy to help make this the best possible event that it could be.
The residents of Canal Winchester deserve our highest gratitude for their support of this growing event. While it is very exciting to have so many travelers coming into our city, we recognize that it can also be a disruption to the normal routine of life for some. On the whole, our residents seem to understand that the benefits of hosting a popular festival are far reaching and last much longer than the event itself. With all of this support and good will around us, is there any doubt that we live and work in the greatest little city in Ohio?
Bruce Jarvis, executive director
Destination: Canal Winchester
Thanks for supporting Groveport Madison
I want to express my deepest gratitude for all the voters who supported the Aug.7 Groveport Madison Schools' substitute levy.
A big thank you to the co-chairs of the levy, Maria McGraw and Libby Gray, who worked tirelessly for this passage so all students in the Groveport Madison school district have a well-rounded and deserving education. A big thank you also goes to Teresa Malloy, who rallied many teachers and parents to help assist in various events during the campaign.
As a third generation alumnus of Groveport Madison Schools, it's wonderful to see the local support in our educational community. As a physical education teacher in the district, I thank you tremendously in allowing me to continue to teach the benefits of a quality and healthy lifestyle to my students. Physical education is a vital cog in shaping the future of healthy people with lifelong exercise habits. Thank you so much for your support!
Community effort appreciated
On behalf of the Groveport Madison Board of Education, I want to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard for the passage of our operating levy. If you gave an evening or afternoon to work with our mailings, made phone calls, canvassed door-to-door or walked in the Fourth of July parade, we appreciate your support. To all those who made passage of this levy your life for the past five months, Wow!
Thanks to the Committee for Better Schools, who with the leadership of co-chairs, Libby Gray and Maria McGraw, worked diligently with one goal in mind: "Protect our schools."
Thanks to the GMLEA (our teachers' union), who, with the leadership of Teresa Malloy, gave their full support and effort for the passage of this levy to protect our schools.
Thanks to the teachers, building administrators and all the building staff for all the help you gave to protect our schools.
Thanks to all those in district administration who helped pass this levy and protect our schools.
Thanks to the voters. You told us you want our progress to continue and your vote protected our schools.
A big thank you to all the Groveport students, our Cruisers, who worked so hard to protect their school. Whether it is a fundraiser for a teacher suffering from a rare form of cancer, helping to restock our local food pantry, or working for passage of this levy, we can always count on our Cruisers to come through for us. You never cease to amaze us. Thank you for working to protect your schools.
Thank you to our former superintendent, Mr. McKenzie, for his leadership in this effort. Board member Mary Tedrow, opened her home to be used for our phone bank; and Mr. McKenzie became a fixture in her home, calling voters in the district and asking for their support. Passage of this levy to protect our schools is a wonderful way to finalize your legacy to our district, Mr. McKenzie. Thank you. You will be missed.
To show our appreciation for your support, your board of education will continue to work diligently to maintain our ranking of "excellent" and to show you that we are good stewards of your money. We will carry on our service to our community by doing our best for the taxpayers and the students of Groveport Madison Schools.
Charlotte Barker, president
Groveport Madison Board of Education
|On August 14, 2012 Charles said:
The "for" votes passing the recent Groveport-Madison levy numbered 2053, with only 10.74% of eligible voters casting ballots. That is indeed sad. But it is much worse when you consider there are 43,647 residents in the district (2010 census). That means less than one-half of one percent made the decision. The lack of participation in the voting process is appalling.
|On August 9, 2012 Linda said:
Dear Groveport Voters,
Thank you doesn't even begin to express my gratitude as a Physical Education teacher in our district. Getting the proper support to maintain such a high quality of well rounded education makes Groveport a role model to other Districts!
I have never been as proud to be a Cruiser as I was during the 4th of July parade.Every Principal,and administrator,
teams,cheerleaders,band members and TEACHERS brought their families out and marched in 100 degree weather to rally for Support-it was truly amazing! Thank you Teresa Malloy, Mary Tedrow,our 2 Chairpeople,and Scott McKenzie! Thank You Groveport!
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