To the editor:

As a local business owner, one of the most important decisions I can make is when to invest in my company, in the hopes of continually providing better service and quality to my customers.  Likewise, I know that one of the most important decisions a community can make is to invest in our education system.

On June 15, you can make such an investment – without increasing your tax burden – in the children of our community by supporting the USD 453 bond election. This proposal, which involved several years of work by many Leavenworth school parents and stakeholders, will go a long way in ensuring our students begin their educational journey prepared for success, and are able to learn in environments best suited for the number of students we serve.  

What does this mean for those of us in the business community? It means that these same students will become engaged, productive, well-educated employees who will lead our companies and city into the future.   

We can spend our time debating past board decisions or laying blame on previous administrations, or we can choose to focus our energies on what will have the most positive impact on our children, and move forward. This plan does just that. I encourage you to join me in voting yes.