It is very disturbing to see so much misinformation in the news regarding the upcoming enhancement millage. Both Alpena Public Schools and the AMA ESD have gone to great lengths to educate the public on facts related to the millage. They've held numerous meeting throughout the community with very little attendance by voters. Only one other person was present at the meeting I attended. This obvious lack of interest by voters is astounding. Rather than get accurate information from the professionals who know the facts, people are content to speculate, second-guess and sabotage. Perhaps that's because the facts won't support their own preconceived opinions.
The reality is that if voters pass the millage, educational opportunities for the children in our community will be better. On the other hand, if the millage proposal is defeated, educational opportunities will continue to decline. My own children all graduated from APS well-prepared for college and the workforce that awaited them. They were fortunate. They had excellent teachers who provided them with a top-notch education. I am grateful that the members of our community supported our schools while my children were attending them. Now it's time to consider the futures of the youngest in our community - those children just starting their educational journey.
I've been an elementary teacher for APS for the past 11 years. I work hard to instill a love of learning in my students, and I regularly tell them that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. I encourage them to dream big and set high goals for themselves. I'm concerned that if the millage doesn't pass, my students may not have the educational opportunities to reach their goals and achieve their dreams. I'm supporting the millage because my students deserve a quality education.
Mary Beth Ponik