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Sat, Oct. 31

Editorial: Step up support for Williams' schools - vote YES on override

The Williams Unified School District is asking voters to approve a budget override on the November ballot. We agree that this override is needed and should be supported by the voters. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers, as the school district is requesting an extension of the current override. If the override is not approved, the Williams Unified School District could lose $372,000 in funding.

Small rural school districts like Williams suffer the most in tight state budgets. There have been numerous cuts in education funding over the past few years, and it is more important than ever for local communities to support their schools.

A crucial component of any community is schools that provide a quality, well-rounded education. Investing in the education of our youth will always pay off in the long run. Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School have better ratings than several area schools, and have been on a steady path of achievement. This positive movement can further be seen in the fact that the vast majority of teachers and the administration are full-time Williams area residents. This has not always been the case. Furthermore, the funding provided by the override helps the District to attract and retain quality teachers and staff.

The Williams Unified School District offers full-day kindergarten (which is not fully funded by the state), Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity Sports programs, strong vocational programs, art, physical education, and many other important offerings. These are important aspects of every child's education, and passing the override is necessary for their sustainability.

Our schoolchildren and our schools are our future and our responsibility. By passing this override, voters in the Williams school district send a strong message that we care about and value our youth and their education in our community. This issue is meaningful for all voters, regardless of whether they have children attending school or not. Our schools and our students are our community. Please vote YES for the Williams Unified School District Budget Override.

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