Vincent: I see the positive effects of the school levy every single day

Dear Editor:

As principal of Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS), every day I see the positive effects of the many added resources provide to our students through our county school levy. Our students are provided enrichment activities through fine arts programs like music, theatre and band. Our Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) is truly an asset to our students providing assistance in a number of ways. BUHS athletes are supported by senior citizens who able to attend games free of charge. The list could go on and on.

While we do receive federal and state funding, it does not cover 100 percent of the basic cost of educating our students. This is why the Upshur County School levy is so important. It provides approximately 10 percent of the budget needed for Upshur County Schools each year.

In addition, we always have unexpected expenses, such as building maintenance issues. Unfortunately, there is also a considerable need for increased safety and security at all schools around the nation and Upshur County is no exception. And, school employees often purchase supplies out of their own money. Our levy helps to provide some of the necessary funding required for maintenance, safety and security, and classroom supplies.

Upshur County teachers, staff, and administrators work hard so that our students can be successful. One highlight is evidenced by our continued increase in the number of students graduating from B-UHS high school. Actually, we were recognized as having one of the top graduation rates in the state. We achieve success because strong community support. Thank you!

Your support of the Upshur County School Levy over the past 20 years is deeply appreciated. I personally thank you for supporting our schools, our teachers and staff, and especially our students. I also thank you for your consideration and vote to renew the levy on January 19, or by voting early, which has already started and ends on January 16.

Please help us continue the tradition of doing what is best for Upshur County students, and as always, Let’s Go Buccaneers!

Eddie Vincent, B-UHS Principal


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