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* Textbooks

* School equipment

* Instructional supplies

* Extra-curricular trips

* Technology equipment

* Band classes

* Music programs

* Choral programs

* Theater programs

* Academic competitions (spelling bees, social studies fair, math field day and robotics)

* Expanded career and technical education

* Health services support

* Upgrades to school security

* School repairs

* School renovations

* Athletic coaches

* Athletic trainers

* Classroom furniture

* Archery program

* ATV safety program

The above list represents services, programs and personnel that could be cut if the School Levy, to be voted on Saturday, March 23, is not passed by Mingo County voters. The levy, in place since 1964, has been one of the key components in turning around our school system.

Once a source or worry and concern, with little extra-curricular activies, our school district has blossomed. Much of this would not have been possible were it not for the funds generated through the school levy.

Not to be missed is the fact that Mingo County Schools is the top employer in the county. Take away the levy and many people who live in Mingo County will no longer have a job. Considering how difficult it is to get a good job in this day and age, cutting jobs seems unfathomable.

How many county school districts can boast a String Orchestra? Guitar classes?

A school is more than just a place to learn from ‘books.’ It is a place where our children should be able to go to expand their interests.

Simply put, our children are our future. Investing in them is never a bad thing.

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