Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woman reports assault on community college campus | fox4kc.com

Woman reports assault on community college campus | fox4kc.com

 A woman was assaulted Tuesday morning on the Longview campus of Metropolitan Community College.
The victim, who is a student, said it happened inside the cultural arts building. She said the man was wearing a dark hoodie and gloves. She said he was approximately 5’8″, had a deep voice and was carrying an unknown weapon.
Metropolitan Community College police are investigating the assault and had no other details about it. The woman had no injuries, they say.
The suspect was last seen running eastbound from the campus.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the MCC Police Department at 816-604-1200.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Section 29-205 Power to audit school districts.

Section 29-205 Power to audit school districts.

Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 29
State Auditor
Section 29.205 

August 28, 2012

Power to audit school districts.29.205. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the state auditor shall have the power to audit any school district or charter school within the state in the same manner as the auditor may audit any agency of the state.
(L. 2008 S.B. 1066 § 1, A.L. 2012 S.B. 576)

Lee's Summit Is Being Audited

MO State Auditor's Office

he State Auditor's office performs audits of state agencies, boards and commissions, the circuit court system, the 89 counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor, and other political subdivisions upon petition by the voters or Governor's request. The office also performs annual financial audits of the state's financial statements and the Office of the State Treasurer, and annually audits compliance with federal requirements applicable to major federal grant programs for which the state receives funding. Audits may take a few weeks to several months depending on the scope of the audit work. It may take at least a year from the initial start of some audits until the audit report is issued. The following audits are currently in-progress or have recently been issued.
2011 Transportation Development District Annual Review
2012 Annual Report
Callaway County Circuit Court
Carter County Collector and Property Tax System
City of Buckner * - Completed - 03/13/2013
City of Warrenton *
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management District H
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management District I
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management District J
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management District K
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management District P
Department of Natural Resources - Solid Waste Management Program
Department of Public Safety - Missouri Veterans Commission - Capital Improvement Trust Fund
Department of Public Safety - State Emergency Management Agency
Follow-Up Report On Audit Findings Fortieth Judicial Circuit City of Diamond Municipal Division
General Obligation Bond Sales Practices
Hickman Mills School District
Missouri House of Representatives - Completed - 03/22/2013
Missouri State Senate - Completed - 03/22/2013
New Madrid County Sheriff
Office of Administration-Procurement Card Program
Office of Secretary of State - Completed - 03/15/2013
Office of State Treasurer - Completed - 03/08/2013
Rockwood R-VI School District - Completed - 02/27/2013
St. Louis Public School District
State of Missouri Single Audit - Completed - 03/19/2013
State Plane Purchase
Summary of 2012 Follow-Up Reports - Completed - 03/22/2013
Thirtieth Judicial Circuit - City of Bolivar Municipal Division
Thirty-Eighth Judicial Circuit - Taney County Circuit Court
Thirty-fourth Judicial Circuit - New Madrid County
Twelfth Judicial Circuit - City of Warrenton Municipal Division

Superintendent's Blog: Visitors from Jefferson City

Superintendent's Blog: Visitors from Jefferson City

I don't believe that you can believe everything that you read.

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday - Ballwin-Ellisville, MO Patch

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday - Ballwin-Ellisville, MO Patch

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

The public is invited to attend this presentation regarding audit findings of the Rockwood School District, the first new one in almost two decades.
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich just announced Monday midmorning he will present results of his team's recent audit of theRockwood School District at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lafayette High School Theater in Wildwood. 
Schweich will take questions from the audience as well.
Spence Jackson, media director and spokesperson for Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich and staff, told Patch in July this audit was partially due to concerns voiced from a Rockwood watchdog coalition group called Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions. RS for RS representatives began a petition drive during the fall of 2011 for a state audit of the district, but the drive did not result in the required number of signatures to demand a state audit.
Patch asked Jackson why it had been 18 years since Rockwood had been audited by a state team. He said Missouri's State Auditing Office only was given the authority to audit school districts in the last few years when state statutes were changed.
"Before changes in Missouri's law, there were only two ways for a school district to be audited:  through a petition, or by a directive from the governor," said Jackson.
Jackson told Patch Monday that the total costs of the audit, as well as auditors' recommendations, would be shared Wednesday night by Schweich.
Rockwood is not the only school district the state's staff is auditing. Jackson said a partial audit of the St. Louis Public Schools is under way, and may conclude in the next two months. They also have been auditing Lee's Summit R-7 School District near Kansas City. "But all our emphasis and most of our time has been spent on getting this Rockwood audit complete so results could be presented," he said.
FOX2 investigator reporter Elliott Davis just aired a related piece Sunday evening:  You Paid For It – Rockwood School District Faces State Audit

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Letter To The Auditor/Please Send Your Own

To Whom It May Concern.

I am the parent of three former Lee’s Summit students.  Two of my children graduated in 2009.  One of them attempted college, but had not received the education that she needed to further her education.  She was required to take remedial classes in college.  42% of Lee’s Summit graduates that attend community college are forced to take remedial classes in college.  My child was one of them.

My son was supposed to graduate in 2011.  Instead he became a high school dropout.  He has been diagnosed with Early Infantile Autism/Kanner’s Syndrome, Inattentive and Impulsive ADHD, Dysgraphia, and Anxiety.  His needs were not met in the district and he was abused emotionally and psychologically.  He was forced to take medication just to walk through the doors.  The medication caused liver damage and we were forced to take him off of it.  He didn’t need the medication for any other area of his life, so we were forced to make the decision to remove him from school.  He was not receiving the services or education that he needed and it would have been abusive to continue to force him to go to school.

The school district paid a psychologist to perform an Independent Educational Evaluation.  When they received the results they refused to follow her recommendations.  She gave them very clear and concise recommendations and they stated that they did not interpret them in the same manner that I did.  My son has dysgrapia and sensory issues and they refused to provide him with occupational therapy.  He had no therapies for his autism in the entire time that he was in the school district.  We moved to this school district just because of their reputation and now we know that it was not earned. 

I could go on for several pages about the illegal, immoral, and abusive things that have been done to my son, but I am sure that you could simply look at the files and see for yourselves.

I filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.  They found that the district was not implementing my son’s Individualized Education Plan.  What they didn’t find were things that the district had removed from my son’s file.  Therefore, the district is guilty of perjury and tampering with my son’s education records. 

There has been much research into aquatic therapy and its use for autistic students.  We have a $12 million aquatic center that the district refuses to use for their autistic population.  The last numbers that I was able to get from the district showed that 250 students had a medical diagnosis of autism, but only 98 of them had an educational diagnosis.  This district has a history of denying children services that have been recommended by experts. 

One family was forced to send their child to a private school because the district was going to put their child in a life skills class so that he wouldn’t mess up their MAPS scores.  I could go on and on, but suffice it to say many families are fighting for their children and their children are being left behind. 

I pray that you use this audit to find the many immoral, illegal, and unethical things that are being done in this district.


Cofounder and President Lee's Summit Autism Support Group
Cofounder MOAFAA (Missouri Advocates for Families Affected by Autism)
In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.”
-Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
 “It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”― Carl T. Rowan

Autism and the role of Aquatic Therapy in Recreational Therapy Treatment Services
Laurie Jake CTRS, CEDS
Imagine a world where you did not see, hear, smell, feel and taste the way everyone else does. Imagine a world where lights and sounds bombard your senses and frighten you. This is often the world that children with autism live in. 

Autism is a lifelong neurological and biological developmental disability that begins at birth or during the first three years of life. Current prevalence rates indicate an incidence of about 2 in 1000. Although the cause is still unknown, Autism appears to be associated with some hereditary factors. The risk of Autism is three times more likely in males and is not isolated to any one race, culture or socioeconomic group.

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV, l994) places Autistic Disorder under the broader category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, which includes Autistic Disorder, but also Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and PDD not otherwise specified.

Autism has numerous treatment implications for recreational therapy because of the significant impact on an individual’s lifestyle. The main features of Autism include severe delays in language development, inconsistent pattern of sensory responses, uneven patterns of intellectual functioning with peak skills in some areas and significant deficits in others, and marked restriction of activity and interests. Beyond the public perception of Dustin Hoffman’s performance in the movie Rain man, most people understand very little about this complex disorder that affects every aspect of an individual’s life.

Socially, children with Autism may lack awareness of others, have severe anxiety around others, experience difficulties with reciprocity, and significant difficulties with socialization. A child with Autism will usually lack any kind of a social smile or eye contact. They lack ‘normal’ responses to people, they may laugh and giggle inappropriately or cry and tantrum easily. The usually have poor play skills, and spend time alone rather than with others. They show little interest in making friends and usually lack the ability to form personal attachments. Often children with Autism lack spontaneous or imaginative play. They do not imitate others' actions and they don't initiate pretend games like other children.

Autism involves many cognitive consequences including; problems with verbal commands, problems with verbal concepts and explanations, literal and concrete understanding, delayed processing, and problems with communicating. Children with Autism often focus on detail and have trouble with choices. They are unable to distinguish relevant from irrelevant information, which results in significant difficulty making decisions. They have trouble understanding cause and effect relationships and are usually not able to understand the concept of time.

Children with Autism have a strong need for sameness and they usually have a very hard time with any changes or transitions. These children have a strong need for rituals and routine and free time is very difficult for them to manage.

Children with Autism often have low muscle tone, self-injurious behavior, and unusual sleeping patterns. Autism is associated with various kinds of neurobiological symptoms, which may include unusual reflexes and high rates of seizure disorder. Children with Autism have significant sensory and perceptual problems, including inconsistent response to sounds. They are very distractible and will over or under react to stimuli. They usually dislike certain textures. They may have a strong sensory need to smell or lick and they have a great deal of trouble screening sounds and processing words.

The lifestyle of children with Autism includes many challenges due to their organizational and sequencing problems. These children don’t know where to start, what comes next, or when a task is finished. This creates significant difficulties with organizing their day or their activity involvements.

Recreational therapy interventions can help address many of these affected life areas. Recreational therapy can play a primary role in enhancing the quality of life and productivity of a child with Autism. According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, Recreational therapists offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to resume normal life activities and to establish/re-establish skills for successful social integration.

Among the range of interventions that a recreational therapist might choose, one unique and very successful alternative for individuals with autism is aquatic therapy. Water activities provide autistic children with proprioceptive and tactile input. Children with Autism have significant sensory difficulties, and are very distractible. These children over or under react to stimuli in their environment and have very strong reactions to certain textures. The warm water provides a safe and supported environment, which not only supports the children, but also provides them with hydrostatic pressure that surrounds their body in the water. This pressure actually soothes and calms the children, providing the necessary sensory input they crave.

Aquatics activities are a fun and enjoyable experience that have many physical, psycho social, cognitive, and recreational benefits. Research continues to support the concept that water is the ideal medium in which to exercise or rehabilitate the body. Water provides an environment, which reduces body weight by 90%, decreasing stress or impact on the body. Warm water also reduces spasticity and relaxes muscles.

For children with Autism aquatic therapy can focus on therapeutic play-based functional movement, improving range of motion, helping to facilitate neurodevelopmental growth, improved body awareness, increased balance, sensory integration, mobility skills and most importantly, having fun. The Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute defines Aquatic Therapy as "The use of water and specifically designed activity by qualified personnel to aid in the restoration, extension, maintenance and quality of function for persons with acute, transient, or chronic disabilities, syndromes or diseases". Clients with Autism present an interesting opportunity for recreational therapists to use aquatic therapy interventions as part of their overall treatment plan.

We Need The Help Of Families In Lee's Summit

Many of you know that the Office of the State Auditor is conducting an official audit of the Lee’s Summit School District.  Lee’s Summit is also being overseen by the OCR for issues that have come up.  It is the perfect time to contact the auditor and make sure that they are aware of everything that goes on in this district.  They need to be made aware of the issues that we face and how the district is handling the education of our children.  You can do this anonymously.  Below I will provide you with the information needed to contact the auditor’s office.

Please don’t let this opportunity pass by without doing all that you can to help our children.  

Thank you

We accept concerns anonymously through our hotline, email, and by mail and respect an individual's request for anonymity. In addition, the information we obtain during the course of an audit and our work is considered confidential.

The following are the various ways individuals can contact our office:

Phone:  1-800-347-8957
By Mail To:  Office of the State Auditor
                       PO Box 869
                       Jefferson City, MO  65102

Cofounder and President Lee's Summit Autism Support Group
Cofounder MOAFAA (Missouri Advocates for Families Affected by Autism)
In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.”
-Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
 “It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”― Carl T. Rowan

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

House passes prevailing wage exemption for schools

House passes prevailing wage exemption for schools

Democrats like Representative Michael Frame (D-Eureka) say the legislation is about labor and wages.
“I’ve heard it admitted on this House floor that if this legislation is successful, wages will be cut.”
Representative Mike Colona (D-St. Louis City) tells proponents their bill will hurt workers.
“You’re also going to have to go back to your constituents and say, ‘Hey, I cut your pay. You’re making less money, and in fact … that bus coming up from Texas? Those folks are going to be doing your jobs. So not only did I cut your pay, but you’re going to be out of a job.”

Monday, March 4, 2013

Free speech case settled

Free speech case settled

Letter to Editor: Kill List Very un-happy R7 district mother of 2!! - Lee's Summit Tribune - Lee's Summit News

Letter to Editor: Kill List Very un-happy R7 district mother of 2!! - Lee's Summit Tribune - Lee's Summit News

For the past fourteen years the Lee’s Summit R-7 school district has been telling me how important communication is between the parents and the school.  

They want us to tell them everything: medical history, personal history, family contacts, the list goes on and on.  Then can someone please tell me why, on December 7th, when there was a “kill list” found by Administration at Lee’s Summit North High school, the parents of the ENTIRE student body were NOT notified?  

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Pitch Article On Autism Workshop

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Pitch Article On Autism Workshop

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Teachers That Have and Have Not Attended Autism Conference

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Teachers That Have and Have Not Attended Autism Conference

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Lee's Summit Autism Conference

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Lee's Summit Autism Conference

Every year the district puts on a four day autism conference.  Many of the individuals that worked with my son never attended this.  I did.

On the first day of the conference they have a group of parents that bestow gratitude and love on the district.  They were sorely unaware of just how little the district was doing for their children.

One mother had twin sons.  One had autism and the other did not.  She had very little positive to say about her son, but was in love with the school district.  She spoke of watching a program on television that talked about how some twins are consumed by the other.  At one point she said she thought, "If only."

Another mother talked of how intelligent her son was, but that he was placed in classes below his intelligence level because he was autistic.  She thought the district was doing a wonderful job.

One mother was pleased that her autistic son spent the whole day being asked to get dishes out of a cabinet and then put them away.  The woman working with her son never smiled, was never pleasant, and seemed impatient many times.  I know because they showed us a video of this.

I, too, attended this conference early on.  I was one of those parents that sat up front and spoke of how wonderful the district was.  That was before I knew that they were doing nothing for him and that they would ultimately destroy him emotionally and psychologically.

At some point during the conference a parent in the audience asked how he should tell his son's baseball coach that his son was autistic.  All off the parents on the panel told him not to tell anyone.  Can you believe that?  They didn't want anyone to know.

During a break I went over to that man and told him that they were wrong and that he should not be ashamed of his son.  He was thankful because he couldn't understand why these people were telling him to hide his son's autism.

The conference had a lot of good information, but the district does not implement any of it.  It states that an autistic child will never learn social skills simply by being with other kids.  However, I have attended an IEP meeting where the district told the parent and the parent's attorney that the child will learn social skills simply by being in the classroom with other kids. 

I have been made to look like a crazy woman by this district.  The superintendent even asked another parent if he was working with "that Tucker nut".  But, I will not stop telling the truth and helping parents fight this district.  Too many lives depend on it.

Lee’s Summit Resident, Embarrassed Lee’s Summit School District is Using Scare Tactics to Push Tax Levy - Lee's Summit Tribune - Lee's Summit News

Lee’s Summit Resident, Embarrassed Lee’s Summit School District is Using Scare Tactics to Push Tax Levy - Lee's Summit Tribune - Lee's Summit News

Lee’s Summit Resident, Embarrassed Lee’s Summit School District is Using Scare Tactics to Push Tax Levy

Lee’s Summit Resident, Embarrassed  Lee’s Summit School District is Using  Scare Tactics to Push Tax Levy
January 29, 2011

By Guest Columnist Marlene Alley

I am a Realtor for Infinity Realty, and a long-time resident of Lee’s Summit.  My husband’s family (Hertzog) is second generation, life time residents of Lee’s Summit.  I have been an active participant, on the Board of Directors, and member of my local PTA.  In addition, I have provided many volunteer hours at my children’s school, inside the classroom.  I am, and have always been, FOR our Lee’s Summit schools.  As such, in the past, I have always voted “yes” for all school and tax levy elections.  However, this time, it’s different.  

I am both ashamed and embarrassed at our School District for inaccurate and scare tactics that they are currently using to try and push this new 89 cent tax levy to get passed in the special February 9 election. Additionally, a lot of time has been spent on researching the actual facts by local residents, including a good friend of mine, who is a local resident and attorney, Linda Marshall.  

This first item is not about my concerns with all of the TIFs that Lee’s Summit has granted large developers in the past.  However, as it specifically pertains to this tax levy the school district is pushing, currently, there are several hundred thousand dollars in the Blackwell TIF Account.  The School District used its two votes on the TIF commission to drain funding away from the schools and put it into this account.  Of that amount the school would be entitled to 30% if they had not cast their two votes for the Blackwell TIF.  (How many teachers’ salaries could be paid with this money?) 
The second item is the current School District Levy. If it seemed like we paid more in taxes this year, we did.  The rate went from 5.946 to the present level of 6.0456.  Despite the School District’s claim about shrinking revenue, according to the Jackson County Collection Department, our School District actually received over one hundred million dollars ($104,543,499.45 in 2010 and $102,992,328.69 in 2009).  Additionally, the School District actually has $2 million more from property taxes this past year.

According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools, even though, it’s true the School District is short about $6 million from the State, they actually received an additional $8 million from the federal government in 2010 (which includes money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).  Specifically, The R-7 District received $49,705,752.71 in 2010 and $55,332,485.97 in 2009 from the State, but received $14,802,193.64 in 2010 and $6,053,577.70 in 2009 from the federal government.  

As my husband will attest to, math is not my strong suit, but if my calculations are correct (and my husband, who is my human calculator has verified), this should put the School District ahead by about $4 million.

But on the R-7 website, the District claims: “The financial crisis is compounded by growing enrollments and rising costs in areas such as fuel, utilities and benefits, including state-mandated retirement contributions.” 

Last week, I couldn’t believe I saw a flier that the School District allowed to be sent home in my children’s backpacks (which I believe is in direct conflict with the District policy that shouldn’t ever allow this type of flier to be sent home in the children’s backpacks at all).  What makes this even worse, is: in the Flyer in HUGE print, they make it look like the enrollment increased by 500 this last, but if you take your magnifying glasses out, and look at the very small print, in their website, you find that this is the additional enrollment since 2007 – not our current school year.  It turns out that (Page 4 in the question and answer section of the R-7 website) the rapidly growing enrollment really amounts to only half of that amount this past year.

There are 18 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 High Schools. Again, the whole math thing, there has actually only been an increase of about 1 1/2 students per grade. 

I believe our school principal at Highland Park is one of the best around.  However, I have recently seen pleas from our principal being sent out via email in our children’s Thursday Packets, urging everyone to vote for the levy.  She states that there will be widespread cuts in teachers.  So, attorney Marshall looked up on the District’s website and found a summary of the proposed cuts if the levy doesn’t pass:  The total number of teachers or instructional staff proposed to be cut in 2011-12 are 16 - 2 full time AIM and ASPIRE teachers; 10 general and another 4 elementary school teachers.  Again – the math thing comes to light:  This is less than one teacher per building.

According to our City’s records, there are two TIFs due to expire in the next two years. The School District will receive $1.8 million in additional tax revenue from them. 

Stay with me for just a little longer.  Back to the School District’s  website salaries and benefits make up 74% of their budget.  The Tribune recently published a list of the salaries of administrative staff of the R-7 School District.   There are at least 10 administrators (several that I think need to be looked at to see if one of THEIR positions can be cut, instead of teachers), that make between $120,000- $205,000 per year – not EVEN including the tens and thousands of dollars in benefits.  We have some of the highest paid administrative people in the Midwest!  If these ten administrators would take just a 10% cut in pay, it would give the district an extra, $150,289.  According to the district website the average teacher makes $48,000. So, let’s do the math again – that would employ almost three teachers!

In the Flyer sent home it says that “Included in the 20% cut (Extra-curricular #1,#2,#3):
“Elementary: after-before school choir, district-wide honors orchestra, environmental club, lead elementary librarian, science fair, student counsel, remedial reading coordinator, safety patrol, yearbook, Crossroads learning Center, and other activities and programs specific to individual schools.”

I can only speak to Highland Park for the last five years, but we don’t have an environmental club- (we do have an outdoor classroom paid for by the PTA).  We don’t have a science fair, safety patrol or a lead librarian, and I can’t imagine that special choir and or student council really cost that much, PTA is always looking for ways to help so if that is really an issue maybe they could step in.  Our yearbook is also paid for by our PTA and parents, so that also shouldn’t be included in what would be cut.

What this means for Home Owners:

Lee’s Summit currently is the 9th highest in the State (out of 523 districts) in school levies.  If the levy passes we would be #2. As a comparison, Blue Springs which has received many of the same honors as our school district ranks #18. (These statistics have come from the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary schools.) According to the District’s information the .89 cent increase per $100 of assessed value would translate into an increased levy of $336.00 for a home assessed at $200,000. Trying to sell a Lee’s Summit home, with such a high levy, the Buyer’s will offer less money to the Seller, and then the Seller will have to sell their home for less, de-valuing the property further, until this 89 cent tax levy ends up netting the school district no more money, yet costs residents and business owners more.  This will cause more foreclosed homes, and empty businesses as they are forced out of business by too high of taxes to be in Lee’s Summit.

For a commercial/small business owners whose tax value is higher than residential, this means a lot more money in taxes.  It will mean that the price of your child’s dance classes, Karate classes, not to mention food at local restaurants will go up because the cost of owning commercial real estate will go up.  I know of two small businessmen in this City that have told me they will go out of business if this new increase passes. 

Finally, the election board will be sending the School District a bill for more than $120,000 for the special election in February – instead of the School District waiting to put this on the ballot in April when they know there will be a higher voter turnout – which is what they are trying to avoid.  This $120,000 would employ 2 ½ more teachers! 

I am friends with several teachers that live and teach in our school district.  This is certainly not meant to anger them, nor our school principal.  However, I think the whole truth needs to be put out there – not the grossly exaggerated advertising the School District seems to be actively allowing to happen.  

I think if we institute “activity fees” and/or “transportation fees” for school activities like: football, soccer, band, strings, AIM and ASPIRE, science club, etc. (making them self-sustaining, it is a much more responsible way for the School District to handle funds instead of this proposed 89 cent levy.  

John Plaas, I applaud you in being able to sift through all of the smoke screen and think into the future when you voted no for this increased levy.  

I want to also thank attorney Marshall, and all of the others residents and business owners who are totally for our School District, and have worked so hard in gathering the actual facts.