I came out against the school referendum very soon after it was announced. As a 25+ year resident, parent and business owner, expressing my opinion came at great personal and professional cost and still does to this day. I believe we’ll eventually improve the schools, but as former school board member Rose Marie Markle has expressed to me – the ethical way to improve the schools is to help our students. The motivation behind the school design presented to us seems to be to replace our students.