To the Editor:

On Oct. 5, the Vermillion community will vote to decide whether to replace our current aging facilities with a new elementary school. We’d like to highlight a few reasons why the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation believes voting YES is the right decision.

Enrollment is increasing, and this trend is expected to continue. Both Austin and Jolley are currently at capacity with crowded and shared learning spaces the norm. The planned expansion of Bliss Pointe will likely only continue to worsen this problem.

To prepare students for the future, we need facilities capable of supporting 21st century learning. Austin and Jolley are nearly 70 years-old and were not designed for 21st century teaching and learning where instruction is often collaborative, problem-focused, and technology-rich. The current facilities need major renovations. That investment is better spent on a modern efficient building which meets the needs of our children, teachers, and staff.

Having two school campuses in the district will allow for greater ease and efficiency with shared staff and resources currently traveling back and forth. This will create added opportunities with more flexible staff schedules and new learning experiences, in addition to helping make school drop-off and pick-up easier for families with multiple children in grades PreK-8th.

We encourage you to vote YES on Oct. 5 to support the children of Vermillion and ensure they have an enriching and successful education.

Respectfully,

The Board of Directors, Vermillion Public Schools Foundation

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