To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter as a concerned parent of children who attend school in Laconia.
My husband and I moved here from the North Country 16 years ago. We both started our careers in the Lakes Region, me as a teacher and my husband as a firefighter in Laconia. We soon began to feel at home in this beautiful area and when it came time to settle down, we decided to buy a home in Laconia. We had confidence that our children would receive a quality education.
Our children both attend Pleasant Street School, a school that we absolutely love. Our kids have had wonderful teachers. We feel they are getting a fantastic education at PSS. They are also very involved with after school clubs, band and community sports.
My concern is that the city tax cap is going to negatively impact our community. Our children need small class sizes, they need quality educators, they need the programs that are threatened by budget cuts and they need access to the fine arts.
With that being said, one of my biggest concerns is the possible cut of the band program at the elementary level. The elementary program is the lifeline for a successful band program at the middle school and high school levels. It is proven that students who participate in band have larger vocabularies, higher academic scores and are less likely to abuse illicit substances-something our community could benefit from.
As a teacher who works in a community with a tax cap, I see the damage it does on a daily basis. We need to be a community that supports education and allows families to thrive.
Angela M. Vaillancourt
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