I opposed the ballot measure to build a new consolidated school campus as I felt that it was too costly and an ineffective plan to mitigate the damage caused by a tsunami. That said I enthusiastically support Measure 4-177 as I see the revenue that it delivers as a means to continue critical educational services that deliver quality educational opportunities to all of our district’s students.

The estimated annual funding will equate to the cost of about 18 classroom teachers. Failure to maintain this funding for the next five years will result in a loss of $6.5 million, which will result in significant reductions in resources. The fact that our community has supported our schools through the Local Option Levy process for the past 15 years is a strong endorsement and something to be proud of considering that many of those years included a very weak overall economy.

Our local economy’s improvements mirror those of the larger economy and should instill confidence that we can afford to continue to invest in our schools.

Please join me in voting yes on Measure 4-177. Let’s renew our commitment to our kids’ education.

Gary Gillam

Gearhart

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