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Focus on schools, growth must continue

Good job, and thank you.

It’s a sincere thought this morning, offered to a community that rallied together and made an important investment on Tuesday ­ an investment in our schools.

Voters in Troy and Pike County passed a critical school tax renewal on Tuesday. And, although the voter turnout was less than overwhelming, the emphasis of those who did brave the wind and rain to make it to the polls was clear: They want to continue funding our schools with this school tax.

The educators, parents, students and community leaders who worked tirelessly to lobby deserve credit for their efforts to educate the public and inform voters about this tax.

The process has served as a good one, bringing all aspects of the community into the discussion about the future of our schools.

And, as we said earlier, this tax renewal is not a panacea.

Passing it will not magically fund our schools at the needed levels, nor will it instantly solve the challenges facing our districts. It does, however, guarantee a minimum funding level and, more important, remove the distraction of a funding debate.

Now, we should be able to focus our energies on improving the schools, from expanding programs and curriculum to boosting test scores to renovating facilities.

Our community needs to continue its united, focus effort on education as we look to the next opportunity, the next chance to grow.  

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