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Good schools provide value for the public at large

Oct. 19, 2010

Public Forum:

We moved to Muskego five years ago and love the area. My son attends Mill Valley School and our daughter will follow in a few years. I am continually amazed by the marvelous teachers, staff and parents working to educate our children in some very uncertain conditions.

The elementary school's mechanical problems, space limitations and crowding issues are real and will not change or go away. It is like running a car on bald tires - something can go bad at anytime.

Interest rates are at an all-time low and the slower economy has lead to competitive construction costs. So now is the time to address these issues.

Just like the libraries, fire and police departments, public schools are the responsibility of states and communities. Taxes are collected for these entities, regardless of whether you use their services.

Philosophical opposition to taxes does not change the reality that this is the only current mechanism for funding public education.

According to an article in Money Magazine, "Even if you don't have school-age kids, it can still be worth shelling out bigger bucks and paying higher taxes for a home in an area with good public schools. Those houses tend to appreciate more in up markets and sell faster and for higher prices in down markets, says David Figlio, a Northwestern University professor who has studied the relationship between home prices and schools."

Please, educate yourselves about the problems our elementary schools face. Visit the district's website and watch the video detailing the issues. Or, better yet, attend an info session at one of the schools and take a look for yourself.

Jeff & Lisa Leszczynski

Muskego

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