Merger will give students opportunities

There is such controversy and division about the proposed school merger in Northville with the Mayfield school district. I am surprised at the problems this is causing among friends and neighbors in such a caring community.

I have lived in Northville for more than 40 years and have seen this community come together to help each other in amazing ways. It is time for the community to come together for our children. I feel so fortunate that I was able to proudly teach in and send my children to Northville. The education that they received was top notch. When I look at the school now I see diminished programs, vanishing arts and sports that limp along year to year to stay in existence. What is still there is the dedication of the teachers and staff.

With the merger, I see opportunity. Opportunity for our children to again have what my children took for granted, opportunity for the teachers to have security in their positions and not be required to teach courses outside their areas of expertise. I also see an opportunity for two similar, and equally caring, communities to share their resources. There is even opportunity for the taxpayers as well. Yes, initially our taxes will go up to equalize with Mayfield. The opportunity I see is to keep our property values up. Real estate value is tied to school quality. Any place you see a quality school, home values are high.

I am pleading with the voters in Northville to not deny these opportunities to our children.


Retired teacher, Northville Central