The NAACP has a long history of fighting for civil rights and equal justice for all citizens. The NAACP was instrumental in every legal battle for voting rights, women's rights, gay rights and school desegregation.
My point is that the NAACP supports issues that have a positive effect in our community and nationally. The NAACP supports Yes4Elkhart 100 percent.
Public schools are the backbone of our educational system in this great nation. This public education system is supported by local and state taxes. The Elkhart Community School Corporation lost $5.3 million due to tax caps in 2013 and is projected to lose $6.3 million in 2014.
The operating referendum would pay for transportation operating costs for the next seven years. If passed, this would allow the school district to shorten the two-mile walk zone, bus rides and the elementary school day.
The capital project referendum would pay for major safety upgrades and building repairs in all Elkhart Community School buildings. These upgrades include class room safety protection locks, roof repairs, securing builds open-concept entries, security cameras and many other major building repairs.
If passed, the transportation changes would go into effect in the fall of 2014. The capital projects would begin immediately, per Superintendent Robert Haworth.
Many residents in the Elkhart School District don't have children in school but support the two referendums. They have a love for children and education and don't mind sharing a minimal tax increase.
The Elkhart County Branch of the NAACP urges all Elkhart Community School District residents to please vote yes on the two referendums. Remember, Elkhart is a community with a heart, is compassionate and wants what is best for all of our children's education.
President, Elkhart County Branch of the NAACP