I struggled with this vote....And I don't feel good about it...Probably the only time that's ever happened where I second guessed myself or wish I could have voted differently...Differently in I wish the whole thing had been packaged different and I could have supported it.
I feel I turned my back on public education...Even though my kids spent more time in Catholic school than public ( but with 3 graduating from Jeff High ) I still feel an obligation to the public schools...A pretty big one...My husband and I are both products of them...And my mother and "aunties" were all teachers in GCCS ( and other places ).
This is the only thing I voted for that basically won out...And it makes me sadder than the races my other candidates lost. :(
Nuts I know.
I hope they're able to rethink it a bit and come back next year with something that's more palatable to more voters.
You shouldn't feel bad. My father was a career public school principal. Property tax dollars are what fed me the first 18 years of my life. I have two kids in GCCS now. Yet I voted against this. $109M is a huge amount, and taxpayers can't afford to make a mistake that size in deciding how to spend money. Would the money have improved the schools? Very likely, but I believe very strongly that equal or even greater improvements could be made for far less money. I also felt it was important to send a message to the superintendent and the board that we don't trust them to make such a huge decision for us. The district needs to show that they can be good stewards of our tax dollars by eliminating unecessary administrative positions and then show some integrity by being more transparent. Then after that maybe there will be a point where we can support a reasonable plan.