UAPB chancellor supports WC millage increase

The Watson Chapel School District has identified one of its school buildings as inadequate and in need of being replaced. Most facility managers will agree that the life of a building will transcend many generations of students and it is well known, with the proper care and maintenance, buildings will remain functional over a longer period of time.

However, buildings may become too old and outdated to serve the needs of students. Such buildings present safety concerns and health issues that constitute an inadequate learning environment. An inadquate facility is one of many challenges faced by schools. Subpar facilities and lack of community support are obstacles that can prevent a school from achieving its goals.

This appears to be the need and situation with Edgewood School in the Watson Chapel School District. The building is more than 50 years old and needs to be replaced. Due to recent laws, the state has set aside funding to support school districts and their building needs.

As a former school board member in the Watson Chapel District, the father of three children who graduated from the district and a wife who taught at Edgewood school for more than 20 years, I encourage you (citizens) of the district to support and vote for the millage increase.

The district needs the proposed 2.3-mil increase to match state funding. You have an opportunity to make a difference in the education of children in the district and to impact the future of the district, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County and the state. Please join other supporters and make the commitment to go to the polls and vote for the millage.

Your investment in education today will pay great dividends for the future.

Calvin Johnson

Interim Chancellor

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff