Letters

Quincy residents must continue to invest in their public schools

Posted: Mar. 8, 2020 2:20 am

"Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them."

-- Margaret Mitchell, "Gone With the Wind"

The city of Quincy is in transformative mood. The mayor and the City Council have implemented a program to increase population by 2030.

To achieve this goal, the entire community must be involved and be willing to make investments in our infrastructure to achieve success -- and things are going well.

Among other things, we have new school facilities, a new water system is planned, the Illinois Veterans Home will receive $230 million from the state to make improvements and attract new residents, and $19 million in new street improvements will begin this spring! And now, the Corps of Engineers has pledged their support to dredge the Quincy Bay to improve our riverfront!

When businesses make plans to locate here and/or expand here, they consider what the community has to offer in terms of quality of life, and schools are an integral part of that process.

Quincy Public Schools officials are helping make Quincy a more attractive city for residents and newcomers. In that regard, they are asking us to vote YES to a proposition for an increase in the account to hire more educators and help retain those we already have.

When it comes to hiring and retaining teachers, we are in a marketplace with others in our state and nation. Consequently, we must be competitive with what we can offer to hire and retain talented teachers. It does no good to have new facilities if we cannot attract and maintain exceptional teachers and staff.

"There's never any convenient time..." to cure a problem, but I urge you to be part of the solution by voting YES for this proposition. We must continue to invest in our schools and improve Quincy by hiring and maintaining more teachers for our future!

C. David Nuessen

Quincy