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Ronni Gold: Ward 3 resident wants more for schools

To the editor:

I attended Wednesday night’s Ward 3 override forum and would like to clarify a statement I made at the forum that was quoted in Thursday’s paper: “Roni Gold, a parent and teacher, wondered if it would be better to let the budget cut happen this year and go for the override next year when we could see what the effects were. Maybe you would get more support from the community and it wouldn’t be as divisive.” As a parent of two beautiful girls soon to enter Northampton Public Schools, as a Ward 3 homeowner, and as a public school teacher for the past 10 years coming from a family of teachers, I am deeply passionate about providing an excellent education for every child. In no way shape or form would I ever want to jeopardize funding for our schools, which is why I will be voting yes next week.

The point I wanted to make was that we need an even greater investment in our schools to successfully teach our children to become highly educated leaders of our future and I feel as though the divisiveness of this override might make it impossible to ask for money for schools in the future if we truly wish to develop a school system that transforms itself into a 21st century learning environment. Our schools need more money, not to just to maintain the 13 or so teachers that might get cut, but to upgrade our school system by adding pre-K, access to modern technology, teacher training, building improvements, and classroom supplies so individual teachers aren’t forced to pull from their own wallets.

Simply put, my point was only intended to find another way of getting even more money for schools, not to advocate against money for schools.

Ronni Gold

Northampton

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