Letter: Vote yes to approve the referendum

Editor,

By multiple academic and social measurements, Westfield Washington Schools demonstrates exemplary performance and, by all standards, is one of the very best school corporations in Indiana.

Westfield Washington Schools’ student test results consistently demonstrate achievement in the top 3 to 5 percent on the ISTEP+ exams, and the high school has been honored as a top-performing high school by U.S. News and World Report and leads the county in its graduation rate.

Clearly, the community support of the past referenda has produced high-quality results, enabling the school system to fund quality programs, hire and retain the very best teachers with reasonable salaries, and best of all, graduate highly performing and prepared students!

I urge you to support the renewal of the current referendum, which actually reduces the current rate passed in 2010 by 3 cents, by voting yes to approve.

The approval of the referendum will allow Westfield Washington Schools to maintain this established, high-quality performance of excellence, which is also critical to attracting businesses and families to the community.

Anthony “Tony” Cook,

State Representative, District 32