Letter, Opinion

Support TIF March 7

Dear Editor, 

As principal of Killington Elementary School serving children from ages 3 and 4 in prekindergarten through grade 6, I am writing in support of a “yes” vote for Article 5 on the town of Kilington’s ballot on March 7. 

Support for the TIF is critical to moving forward with safety upgrades and community sustainability. 

The Killington Road improvements will include significant safety upgrades for transportation of students to and from school.

 In particular, regrading of the Killington Road will create more access for students to be transported by bus to and from school, thereby decreasing the necessity for individual households to drive their children to school. 

The addition of sidewalks, a bike path, and improved lighting will also provide a safe route to school for young children, as well as other pedestrians, who are able to walk or ride bicycles to school. Not only will these opportunities help to cut down on the carbon footprint of school transportation, students will also be able to experience how they can be part of the solutions to climate change. 

Article 5 also supports a viable water source, which is a necessary prerequisite to the construction of workforce housing. 

The ability to attract and retain professional educators and quality staff at Killington Elementary School is directly dependent upon available and affordable housing in this region. 

Your “Yes” vote on Article 5 is a key component to strengthening the Killington community. 

Mary Guggenberger,

Principal, Killington Elementary School

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