An open letter to taxpayers…

To the editor:

I am a New Ulm High School student graduating this May. For the past two years I have been taking Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) classes at Minnesota State University in Mankato. This program, funded by the tax money allocated for education, has allowed me to take classes on MSU’s campus that count for both high school and college credits. This program is open to 11th and 12th graders at New Ulm High School who meet the GPA requirements. This program allows students to save both time and money. Thanks to taxpayers’ money, students who qualify are able to get a head start in college, which is becoming increasingly difficult to afford.

The recent referendum, allowing for a new high school to be built, brought to light some of the community members’ concerns about the benefit of increasing property taxes. It is difficult to support something when one does not directly see the outcome. Supporting and funding education is a worthwhile investment for the future of the community. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and it is true. Though this does not come without its sacrifices, there is much to be gained.

To all those who support New Ulm High School students in our academic endeavors and provide us with opportunities to succeed, thank you. I want to express my gratitude to not only the teachers and faculty, but also those who offer scholarships, donate money or school supplies, volunteer for academic and athletic events, and support the education system through their taxes. I want you to know that the students recognize and appreciate all that you do for us. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Jordan Reinhart

Class of 2018 Student