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BY DI READERS | AUGUST 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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School Board vote approaches

As the September 10 Election Day approaches, I ask you to consider voting for Brian Kirschling. Dr. Kirschling has a long history with the Iowa City School District and is very invested in the success of its future. Not only are he and his wife products of the school system, they have chosen to continue that tradition with their own children. I have known Brian for many years and can personally attest to the fact that when he commits to something, he is “all in.” He has made every effort during this campaign to learn about the concerns that each corner of this district faces. Brian believes in long-term planning rather than short term fixes. He believes in fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. He believes in engaging parents to be active participants in our schools. He is a man of integrity and faith. He is a collaborative, intelligent, civil and respectful person that will encourage us to think big as we plan for the future of many generations to come.

Our district is at a turning point in its history, and we need someone like Brian Kirschling to help us make change. He is willing to give of himself to this district and I suggest we take him up on it. I encourage you to learn more about his campaign and join me on Sept. 10 in supporting Brian Kirschling for School Board.

Amber Seaton

Please vote in the School Board election on Sept. 10. This is important because in a representational democracy, the only way for a minority to take advantage of the majority is for the majority to take the election for granted and stay home on Election Day. The majority I am talking about in this case are the residents of Iowa City. Iowa City citizens pay more than 70 percent of the taxes that support our public-school system and yet not a single new elementary or junior high school has been built in Iowa City in the past 20 years. Iowa City schools are much older, much less accessible to handicapped children, and much less air-conditioned than the schools in the smaller communities of our School District. Why? Because for these 20 years, Iowa City citizens have taken their good schools for granted and have frequently given away their rights to educational equality in School Board elections that have been decided by margins of fewer than 100 votes. When I vote on Sept. 10, I am going to vote for the three candidates that I believe are most likely to create and maintain an equal and excellent educational opportunity for every student in the district, regardless of the students’ street addresses. I hope you will, too.

Ed Stone
Iowa City resident


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