November 8, 2011 will be marked by future generations of Piqua residents as the day our community seized an opportunity and gave our children a safe and up-to-date learning environment with three new elementary schools.
I spent many evenings during this campaign meeting with area residents from all walks of life. The experience strengthened my belief in our community and I want to thank every voter---even those who felt they could not vote for the school bond issue---for reading all of the material provided about the proposal for new elementary schools.
Time after time I heard from citizens who were agonizing over their vote. Almost without exception, citizens told me they agreed that the citizen-inspired plan was, as we claimed, the “opportunity of a lifetime”. The state’s share of 47% of the project cost was one reason, along with a productive purpose for the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site, and the fact that maintaining school buildings nearly a century old would be costly and not a wise use of public funds.
Even those who said they were voting “No” told me painfully they were doing so because of the economy and not because of the plan itself, which they said made sense. Many, in the final days leading up to election day told me that they had changed their mind and---as one couple put it---would somehow find a way and vote “yes.”
Piqua Schools stress excellence and value. We respect every single taxpayer, and that respect has been shared by our fellow citizens. They realize that education is a precious partnership whereby taxpayers provide the funds and we act as stewards of those funds. We will continue our pledge to every taxpaying citizen to uphold our responsibility to be good stewards.
Nothing is more precious than a child’s education and by your votes last Tuesday you showed a desire to give our children the quality schools they deserve while providing real economic stimulus for our community. I feel extremely fortunate to raise my family, live and work in our Piqua community! Piqua pride is showing and our future is bright!
Thank you from all of us at Piqua City Schools.
Rick Hanes, Superintendent