Merged district will give kids opportunities

Fellow members of the Northville Central School District community:

Everyone is thinking about the proposed merger. I started considering this from an emotional standpoint. As a proud graduate of NCS, I wanted my children to graduate on the same front lawn. I love that when I am in the school, I know everyone. I wanted to ignore the idea of a merger because I didn’t want anything to change.

However, I decided this decision was too important to be made just from emotion. I got involved to get the facts before I made a decision. I already volunteer in my son’s classrooms and with PTO, but decided to learn more, so I attended school board meetings and a number of budget meetings. I also attended all the merger meetings so I could hear all the facts and people’s perspectives. These experiences were eye-opening for me. It is difficult to see what is on the chopping block every year knowing this will continue unless something changes. I can’t imagine a school without arts, music, sports and extra opportunities. These activities make our children well-rounded students who will be competitive in college or a career after high school. Pre-k and kindergarten could be lost as they are not mandated programs. I can’t begin to imagine how students could be ready for first grade and all that is expected without the foundation of pre-k and kindergarten. This is a very real future for our students if we don’t act now before it’s too late.

Earlier, I mentioned that in the beginning, I was afraid of change, but as I thought about it more, my viewpoint shifted. Although it would be great to know every detail in advance, because that is the kind of person I am, I began to think about change and how it can be a wonderful thing. I believe this is an opportunity to come together with a similar neighboring community and work together for a better future for our children. After all, isn’t that what this is all about? Our children are our future. This will give us a chance to sustain existing programs and renew some that have been lost. I believe everyone involved in creating a unified district will put the interest of all students first. I am excited to see the opportunities for our students in a merged district.