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Yes Votes Needed for Public Schools!

March 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

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One of the most important pillars of creating a strong community is high-quality schools. The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community is successful, due in large part to the high-caliber and innovative school districts we have in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. We are supportive of all three of our districts and we applaud the work that they do. There is a very important vote coming up on March 7 to preserve the funding level for the Fargo Public School system, and I urge you to vote yes on this important issue.

You may wonder why I am so supportive of the K-12 school systems. One of The Chamber’s top priorities, as identified by our more than 2,100 member organizations, is workforce development. We cannot continue to flourish in our metro if we do not have the highly qualified employees that we need.

Chamber members recognize that they have jobs to be filled and many could expand if only we could attract the skilled workers necessary to fill those positions. Attracting employees can be quite a task, whether those people are returning to the area or are completely new. They evaluate not only their potential employer, but the community as a whole and what it has to offer.

The K-12 public school systems we have offer exemplary education and opportunities to our students. Class sizes are small, educators are qualified and it is able to provide students with programs that match their interests that will serve them later in life through STEM programs, arts and skills training opportunities. Preserving the Fargo Public Schools is vital to the continued success of the community and it sends a message to potential residents that we care about the education that is provided to our students.

On the other side of the workforce coin, we look through the lens of seeing our students as our future workforce. Setting our students up with the skills they need to be successful in a higher education environment or directly into the workforce is key to our success as a region. We want our students to be the most prepared they can be as they look to future endeavors within the labor market. Career and technical education opportunities that are provided by the Fargo Public School District, in partnership with business and industry leaders, allow students to advance their future and gain an understanding of our workforce.

Voting yes on March 7 will allow Fargo Public Schools to maintain the quality education they provide. Class sizes will be able to remain small, students will have access to the educational opportunities that they have now and most importantly, we will be preserving a strong pillar in our community.

Please consider voting YES on March 7 for continued excellence at Fargo Public Schools.

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Craig Whitney
President/CEO
The Chamber

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