A message from Coach Snyder regarding tomorrow's referendum vote.
I am writing this letter in regards to the proposed school referendum coming up for election on May 8th (Next Tuesday). This letter is to help enlighten you on our situation in hopes that you can take an educated mind to the voting booth on Tuesday. There have been so many things said, for and against, the proposed property tax increase to help support the Duneland Schools. I just want to voice my “two cents”. Many times as a public employee I feel stifled to where I feel I’m not supposed to speak out of turn or voice my true opinion. Well, I have “bit my lip” long enough!
First, I need everyone to understand that the installation of the new football field was a product of the efforts of many people who saw the overall benefit of a multi-purpose field. Many people have voiced their continuous dissatisfaction about the field and that the school should’ve used that money to remedy its current financial woes. Well, the truth is, if the field had never been installed the school would still be exactly where it is today financially. The money used for the purchase of the field, in NO WAY, could’ve been used to help the school when it comes to the General Fund. The STATE has laws and codes as to how money can be spent and what it can be used for. The school CAN NOT transfer funds from one account to another. Also, the STATE also says that if you don’t use the money we give you for “building” purposes you will lose it…schools are not allowed to stock pile money from year to year. They have to use the money for structural improvements!
Second, too many people have referenced the SCHOOLS woes as mirroring all other struggling businesses in hard economic times. “Other businesses have to deal with it…so should the schools”. Well, the school has dealt with it and continues to deal with funding shortcomings. For the last several years programs have been cut, teachers have not been replaced, athletic and co-curricular programs have lost staff and funds, custodial staff reduced,transportation has been cut while oil prices have continued to rise. All of these things have been happening as the school “has tightened its belt”…yet to the public eye we’ve operated a school that continues to excel and produce great academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. However, we’ve been operating at a minimal functioning level when it comes to staffing. With our school continuing to receive less and less money each year from the STATE….it is going to force us to cut programs and eliminate jobs! Like a business, when you don’t have the money to support a program you eventually have to cut it! However, the worst thing anyone can ever do is compare the education of a child to a piece of plastic, combo meal, or a product of any kind. In the business world if the plastic is bad you throw it out, if the meat is bad you can’t try to sell it!!! In education we continue to strive to improve every student and help them reach the student’s individual potential. The great thing about Duneland Schools is that there are opportunities for children of all aspirations. With Band, Music, Speech and Debate, Chess Club, Athletics, Reading Clubs, Drama, Quiz Bowl, Bowling Club, Show Choir, Art Clubs,…the list goes on and on….every student has an opportunity to find his or her niche. A child is not just thrown out because they don’t meet manufacturer’s specifications!!!
Lastly, from a personal standpoint, I have poured my heart and soul into building and developing the best football program I know how. With the size of our school and our competition, the task of being competitive does not lie solely upon my shoulders. I have numerous coaches, support staff, managers, Boosters, and you the parents who devote a lot of their personal time to helping our young men achieve success. Without all of those people helping we would not be where we’re at currently and going in the direction I feel our program is headed. Unfortunately, if this referendum is voted down our football program will be dramatically affected. There will be coaches who will be lost due to Reduction In Faculty. Most athletic coaches are Physical Education teachers and that is one department that will take one of the most dramatic hits if the referendum does not pass! SO, please consider the dramatic impact your VOTE will have on the bigger picture of our entire school and all of its programs.
What can you do to HELP? VOTE YES! on MAY 8th!
If you’re supportive of the referendum the worst thing you can do is….not vote!
Head Football Coach
Head of P.E. and Health Dept. at CHS