The savvy Meridian school administration pulled off another victory at the polls Tuesday when voters authorized a $140 million bond for new schools.
Despite an attempt by a taxpayers group to undermine voter confidence with a brochure listing all salaries of teachers and administrators–by name– about 72% of the voters said YES to a new school bond.
The GUARDIAN figured–wrongly as it turns out–the voters might take a “time out” as a protest aimed at slowing the rapid growth in the district. The administration campaigned on a platform of “growth will pay” for the bond.
The anti forces mail campaign was ignored by the mainstream media, but now the election is over, you might hear mention of their tactics. The sad part of the attack on teacher’s salaries was the bond pays for BUILDINGS, REPAIRS, and BOOKS–not salaries.
The refreshing signal to officialdom was that while voters hold the purse strings, they are willing to loosen their hold when the right cause comes along.
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