To the Editor:
I have read a lot about the upcoming Jefferson Early Childhood Center referendum in District 200 and am saddened by how much misinformation is out there, especially from non-incumbent school board candidates.
A few things being said are the district is hiding the “true” cost of the school from the public; other options for the school have not been researched and explained; and there is $14.4 million grant “sitting in an account” that can be used to build the school.
It seems to me that several of these candidates have not spoken to a district representative or simply read the district’s website. All of this information is readily available and thoroughly explained.
Further, I encourage people to visit www.JeffersonYes.com where answers to these questions are also explained comprehensively and without twisting of facts.
Yes, this referendum is asking our community to pay a little bit more in their annual taxes. Please remember that this is an investment in our children’s future at the youngest of ages.
This isn’t about extracurricular activities or sports organizations or who has more square footage. This is about preparing 3- and 4-year-olds for a strong educational career.
By providing them with the proper resources, the district will actually save money in the long run as many of the issues that special needs kids face are addressed at an early childhood center like Jefferson. They will need much less time with aides and therapists as they grow; it will allow teachers to spend more time on teaching rather than correcting disruptive behavior; and kids are more confidant and therefore contribute to a strong academic environment.
While I hope that you will vote yes for a new Jefferson ECC, I at the very least want everyone to have the correct information on which to base their decision.
Susan Booton, Wheaton