District 27: One cent facility tax making a difference
September 4, 2013, By Dr.Mary Ahillen and Dr. Robert Kidd, interim superintendents, Although research tells us that students learn better in a comfortable, positive environment, common sense and experience provide us with immediate proof in District 27. Before this year, we opened the school year without air-conditioning in some of our larger elementary school buildings. Even though we tried to maximize the use of fans, teachers and students worked through the days, uncomfortable and fatigued, and we usually began the year with a schedule that included shortened days. Needless to say, these were not optimum conditions for teaching and learning.
This year, because of access to revenue from our one cent facility sales tax, we were able to add new heating and air-conditioning geothermal systems to Washington-Monroe and Northwest schools. Not only did this allow us to replace boilers that were over 50 years old, but it also offered the opportunity to add air-conditioning to these buildings. The teachers and students are thrilled, and the environment is much improved. We will continue to use these dollars to upgrade our schools and to provide excellent conditions in which our children can learn. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Logan County for their support of the facility tax. Without your support, our children would not have the advantage of air-conditioned schools during record setting temperatures.