Cy Henry: Step up to education and vote ‘yes’ on AJUSD override

I was very fortunate to educate and coach thousands of Apache Junction students. I am extremely proud to call myself a Prospector and proud to live in Apache Junction. Having four daughters who attended Apache Junction Unified School District from kindergarten through graduation, I am incredibly thankful for the education and the ongoing support and encouragement of this community, teachers, administration and support staff while they attended this district.
Our history in Apache Junction has always been one of supporting the kids in our community, but I am very worried about the present and future of our school district’s ability to keep highly qualified teachers. Having the most capable teachers is essential to educating our young people.
As a retired teacher, I am saddened that we have had to close three schools, to have lost many exceptional teachers and extra-curricular activities and now forced to go on a four-day school week. My two grandsons will be in classes greater than 35 students, and we expect teachers to provide the best education possible; this is totally unacceptable. With a lack of state funding, this will be harder for our kids and teachers to have the opportunities they need to be successful.
The lack of funds not only hurt the classrooms, but our students now have to pay to participate and this cost will increase in the next year. In order for our school to be competitive with other schools our size, we have to have all students to be able to afford to participate.
A lot of people stepped up to pay for my education and yours. It is time for all of us to pull as a community and step up to educate our young people. Please go vote in the November and vote yes for the Override. It is our turn to do the right thing for the future of our kids.
Cy Henry
Apache Junction

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