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Ashley McMurray: Hayden should vote ‘yes’ on 4A

This election, Hayden voters have the choice to vote “yes” or “no” on Referendum 4A, a referendum that would continue needed funding for Hayden schools.

A vote “yes” is critical. If Referendum 4A does not pass, current funding will expire in 2020, leaving Hayden schools with severe budget shortfalls that will negatively impact our students. 

Voters first approved this mill levy in 2010, which contributes $321,473 annually toward supporting outstanding teacher, student programs and stewardship of Hayden School District's facilities. It is important to note that a vote for Ref/ 4A will not result in a tax increase; it will simply continue the current tax.

A vote for Ref. 4A means that Hayden Schools will be able to:

• Maintain small teacher to student ratios: Elementary, 18 students per teacher; middle School, 21 students per teacher; and high school, 14 students per teacher

• Continue to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff. Hayden School District has an 85 percent teacher retention rate and 50 percent of all teachers have their master's degrees.

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• Provide students with continual improvement in the classroom through curriculum development and alignment and with professional development for our teachers. Hayden Schools are committed to enabling teachers to provide the highest levels of education through professional learning opportunities and curriculum development.

• Ensure continued maintenance and stewardship of this Hayden's new school building.

A vote “yes” for Ref. 4A further means that Hayden voters are committed to investing in their community. The schools are one of the town's largest employers, contributes to the local economy and is a community hub for activity and students.  Should 4A be defeated, the Hayden School District will have to cut $321,473, primarily resulting in staff reduction and elimination of student programs.

Again, there is no tax increase here. Vote “yes” on 4A and show Hayden's students and teachers you support them.

Ashley McMurray

Hayden Town Council member and parent

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