Having more growth to our community will build a business base to help pay taxes to support our schools, but you must have good schools to attract new businesses, doctors, medical facilities, restaurants, etc.
When a business or a medical professional considers coming to a new town, one of the first things they want to visit are our schools. They are concerned where their own children are going to be educated if they invest in this community. They do not want to relocate to a place with a 50+ year old high school facility that is not capable of providing the technology-based education other students nearly everywhere but here have access to.
Academically, our students who are college bound will be competing with students from all over the state and country who have had these advantages, and it will be difficult for our students to continue to compete against them.
Those who want to take a trade-based educational track, which I applaud as well, will benefit from all the technology advancements that can be offered in a modern facility. Improving our schools can only help Gilmer all the way around economically and to improve the education of our children. It is past time for us to get this done! We must do it now for the overall good of the entire community!
Kathleen Bishop, Retired Gilmer ISD Teacher