*note – below is a sample letter for the county commissioners (there are 5!!) to cut/paste and make your own. Please feel free to share. When you’re ready, here is the link to their addresses: Contact Your Leaders
If you haven’t signed the #FullyFundOurSchools Petition to the County Commissioners, please do that as well: #FullyFundOurSchools County Commissioners
I am writing to express my extreme concern over the looming budget crisis in Moore County Schools for August of 2017 and to share my personal story of why these schools are so valuable to me. And, to ask for your help as my elected county commissioner.
[please insert your story/specific thoughts/reasons here]
[there are no wrong reasons]
In order to protect the quality of our schools in Moore County and therefore our property values, business success, economic vitality and sense of community, I am asking for your help. Specifically, I ask you to:
- continue to advocate with our State officials to return classroom teacher funding to pre-recession class size formulas (circa 2008), to end the chronic under-funding by the state; and
- to fill in any remaining funding gaps with local funds.
I am well-aware that this funding shortage was not created by this or any previous Moore county board. Nonetheless, the severe consequences will occur in August 2017 and our quality schools and the daily lives of students will suffer without your intervention. MCS fund balance has been exhausted in buffering these chronic cuts since 2008. I am now asking for you to have our backs. I will continue to monitor and participate with the local school board budget process to ensure wise use of resources, but we cannot manage what we do not have.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and acting on behalf of all the children in Moore County Schools. They need our voices and votes to succeed.
[your name and contact info here]