To the News Enterprise:
My name is Taylor Feiden. I am 14 and I am a freshman at Minerva Central School. I would like to address a troubling topic that will affect my school and my friends: the proposed school budget cuts.
Because of the budget cuts, my school is already going to lose some of our part-time faculty and our pre-K teacher at the start of next year. If the budget continues to be denied, other extracurricular activities like Academic Bowl, Youth and Government, NYSSMA, CASMA, and possibly our school’s student council could be cut as well. This directly affects the students. It is very upsetting knowing that we might lose some of the fun things in our school, as well as some of the more educationally challenging things. For example, there is the Academic Bowl, when we compete against other schools, and Youth and Government, where we get a working knowledge about how our government runs.
Cuts could also prevent us from participating in any BOCES programs in the future, if the budget cut ever goes that far. Cutting these things is preventing students from being exposed and involved with the real world, and it isn’t fair. Students are having no say whatsoever in the budget, and I think we should at least get to speak our minds about how it would affect us, and how it would hit towards home. I am asking for our community and the community of Newcomb (because we combine together in sports) to reconsider about voting no to the school budget and vote yes instead to help our schools and our students to continue to compete in the real world.
Thank you for your time.