For schools, vote 'yes' on Measure A

For 30 years, I worked among Piedmont Unified School District students, parents and teachers as a Piedmont Middle School science teacher before I retired in 2012.

One of the greatest and ongoing challenges is meeting multiple needs with a limited budget. School board leaders are focused, fair, pragmatic and creative. When allocating limited resources, the needs of students are always primary.

All Piedmonters need to continue to work together to support the excellence in education that keeps Piedmont a destination for families who value and support education. Please join me in voting yes on Measure A on March 5 to maintain the necessary funding for our schools.

Kerri Lubin

Piedmont

Give teachers, kids resources they need

As with so many other families, we moved to Piedmont for the excellent public schools.

For the past 10 years, our children have been nurtured and taught by the dedicated educational professionals that make up the Piedmont Unified School District. As parents, we have participated in the educational lives of our children through volunteer opportunities.


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It is because of the time we have spent as volunteers that we unequivocally support the renewal of the school support tax, Measure A. We have attended parent club, support club, budget advisory committee, curriculum forum, block schedule and site council meetings for elementary and middle schools. From these meetings, we have learned that the quality of the education at PUSD comes from the exceptional caliber of staff and teachers.

We are grateful for this administration's dedication and focus on supporting the students and children and for a school board that continues to work well with the administrators. The theme of "continuous improvement" rings true despite the years of PUSD budget woes that are the result of state government cuts.

An eight-year renewal of the parcel tax would allow the district to spend less time preparing and working on the passage of a parcel tax and more time on students and evolving curriculum.

The current tax, which contributes approximately one-third of the PUSD budget, is set to expire. As a community, Piedmont residents have an opportunity to support an excellent public school system with a proven track record by passing Measure A.

Sue Lin and Reuben Rivera

Piedmont

Excessive rents drive away small business

I feel strongly about supporting local businesses. My local neighborhood is Montclair, and you have probably seen me and my friends sitting in front of the Malt Shop with our dogs, enjoying our coffee. I buy coffee at the Malt Shop first because it's excellent coffee and secondly because I believe in supporting local businesses.

I just heard that the rent is going up for tenants in the building where the Malt Shop resides, and this means in all probability that the Malt Shop will have to close. I heard they already pay more per square foot than Peet's and Starbucks. I feel terrible every time I see a great, local business in Montclair have to close up shop because the property owners want more money. Really?

I encourage everyone to try the coffee at the Malt Shop, eat at Grille One and Flippers and to support all local businesses. I also ask that property owners think twice before they drive local businesses away. I don't want to see Montclair become nothing but realtors, chain stores and chain restaurants.

Janis Bishop

Oakland

Late Bill Drum was committed to schools

The Piedmont Educational Foundation Board wishes to recognize and honor Bill Drum as a committed PEF board member and devoted volunteer to our schools. His passing leaves a significant hole in our organization. We will miss him -- his good humor, big-picture practicality and ability to reach across divides to bring people together. Every community should be so lucky to have someone of his spirit and generosity working on its behalf.

One of the last projects he was involved in was Measure A, the school support tax. If you read your March 5 ballot carefully, you will find his name at the bottom of the rebuttal argument in favor of Measure A. The Piedmont Educational Foundation voted unanimously to endorse Measure A, joining Bill in his support.

Thank you, Bill, for your dedication and vision on behalf of education. Your legacy lives on.

Nancy McHugh

president Piedmont Educational Foundation Board