In the early 1990s, I was PTO president at Carmel High School. The discussion at that time was whether to expand to two high schools or add to the existing building. The decision to add to our school made us the largest and best public school system in the state.
This decision was not made easily. The opposing sides were vocal and very sure of what was best for our children and the community. The decision to expand proved to be a winner and has continually produced highly effective students in all pursuits of their adult life.
The upcoming referendum has reminded me of this piece of history because I realized the high school was expanded physically, but the space was filled with people. It provided space for dedicated teachers, engaged students, small class sizes and varied and vibrant elective courses that enabled Carmel Clay Schools to provide a quality education for every student. Keeping our community together was important. It wasn’t necessarily the size of the building, but who inhabited all the rooms!
The renewal referendum will continue to keep our schools great. The monies will pay for teacher salaries, classroom support and support in cafeterias and on bus routes. It will not be a burden to any property owners. Everything will remain the same. Nor will it be used for any type of construction. As an ‘empty nester,’ I want our students to receive the best education we can provide. It helps our community, makes Carmel a desirable area to live, plus these young adults will be paying into Social Security, and those benefits will eventually reach us all.
I urge you, as a CHS grad, along with my daughter and grandson who graduates this year, to vote early, vote absentee or vote in person May 2. This referendum needs your support to continue to provide great education and sense of community that makes Carmel a great place to live!
Kim Smith, Carmel