Time to head for the polls again. This time for school elections. Only two school districts in the Bitterroot have no school board positions up for election. Florence and Corvallis will fill out their school board vacancies via acclimation during their respective May board meetings.
Every other district will ask voters to cast their ballot to fill board seats in contested races.
The Hamilton School District will also ask voters to approve two mill levies. One is a $235,000 technology levy, an annual tax that will pool money solely for use in "purchasing, renting, repairing and maintaining technological equipment, including computers and computer network access, software licenses/fees, connectivity, internet/network security and safety, and the associated training for school personnel."
The second levy is a $1 million building reserve levy, a five-year, $200,000-per-year collection that will enable the district to complete deferred maintenance on school district buildings.
These elections are important for our community as the decisions made by voters will impact future generations of Bitterroot residents. The impact is not just the potentially increased taxes from mill levies in Hamilton, but the decisions that will be made by future school boards regarding the education offered valley youth.
In a time when education is key to success after graduation, the knowledge and tools given to children at each stage of the educational process are vital to improving their chances later in life. Increasing the quality of education offered children opens more doors for them in the future.
The decisions voters make now, will be felt by graduating classes for years to come. It is important that voters choose candidates carefully. This is not an election for voter apathy. This election is for the children of the Bitterroot Valley and they deserve the best our community can give them.