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Smithville “Tradition of Excellence” Statement states that they will “educate all students in a premier learning environment,” but how can the district provide students with the ideal learning environment with classrooms that are overflowing and the excess being forced to learn in mobile trailers?
Students deserve the right to learn in clean classrooms, with the ability to be able to have a voice in the class and not to be known as just another student.
With classroom sizes growing, it becomes more difficult for teachers to be able to offer individualized instruction in the class. According to NEA, National Education Association, the ideal class size is 25 students. Individualized instruction allows for teachers to plan lessons around individual students learning strategies, but at Smithville, students end up in classes with as many as 29 or more other students on a daily.
Due to classrooms running out of space because of the 1,167 or more students Smithville schools have to educate. When classes become full, this leads to the need to find alternate places to teach.
Teachers have resorted to using hallways, storage, closets and other random spaces. Eight mobile trailers house classes, two of which are second graders, according to the Smithville Power of One website.
Mobile trailers aren’t the safest places to teach students. These trailers can be unregulated and many trailers in general have been found by CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, to contain high levels of formaldehyde. This colorless, strong-smelling gas can cause a person to become sick if breathed in often. Do parents want their children to be in this buildings with all the possible risks to their student?
The school has the money to spend millions of dollars on a football field that may only be used by a few hundreds of students and coaches. That money then doesn’t get used to building a third elementary school; that benefits many individuals in the district.
Even if the levy increase of $ 0.79 doesn’t pass, the district benefits from the bond issue of $12.5 million including items, such as, renovating the Primary, Upper, and Middle Schools as well as adding classrooms to the High School.
The future is in the minds of students, and if they aren’t provided with a proper learning environment and sufficient teaching space.

We aren’t benefiting our students. We need to improve the schools we send our students to and spend money to profit the district as a whole. If you care for the future we provide our students, vote yes on November 8th. The students are our future; we can’t let them down.

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