Quality Costs; It's Time To Pay Up

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Editor:

Congratulations are in order to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board and to the PUSD Superintendent, as well as to the PUSD taxpayers for their wisdom in calling for the school override vote and for passing the override respectively.

While the monies collected from the override will not in and of itself guarantee higher student achievement, it will provide needed resources to students and to teachers to improve their learning capacities and their teaching effectiveness.

Since nearly 90 school districts in Arizona (almost 40 percent of the total) have an override in place to procure needed funds for their students and staff, it seems obvious that our elected officials in the state legislature have been miserly and negligent in providing the funds needed to elevate our schools out of the lower one-third tier of per pupil spending in the U.S.

Our next educational hurdle in northern Gila County is to elect a state senator and representatives who are serious about voting for and providing additional funds for our Arizona schools. Local school boards and superintendents should not have to go begging to their respective communities for the needed funds to provide an adequate education for all of our Arizona students.

Quality costs. It's time we elected quality politicians to important positions so they can articulate our concern that our schools be funded much better than they have been in the past.

Kudos to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and to the Payson Roundup for coming out in favor of the override. All of us positive override people should be proud of our efforts on behalf of our Payson area students and PUSD staff members.

Richard K. Meszar, Ed.D., Payson

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