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Thanks for effort on Jefferson school vote

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Thanks for effort on Jefferson school vote

On behalf of the Friends of the School -- Say Yes Jefferson Early Childhood Center Referendum, we wanted to extend our thanks and best wishes to everyone in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

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To those who voted yes, thank you for your vote in support of Jefferson. To those who went a step further and put a yard sign in your yard, posted a positive piece on your Facebook, wrote a letter to the editor, publicly endorsed, sent in a contribution and/or simply kept the Jefferson referendum in your prayers, thank you so very much.

To those who voted no on the referendum, congratulations on the outcome. We appreciate your feedback in the ballot box and look forward to talking with you about what would be an acceptable solution to update this school to meet its unique needs.

We also wish to recognize the leadership of Superintendent Brian Harris and Jefferson Principal Stephanie Farrelly. They worked tirelessly and with the spirit of cooperation to balance the best interests of students and with that of the taxpayers.

Now that the referendum is over, District 200 will have to decide what to do with a school whose age, outdated or poor facilities and size no longer meets the needs of our students. Everything from bathrooms that are not ADA accessible to the teachers working in closets to overcrowded classrooms to heating and ventilation problems ... the list is long of what needs to be fixed.

One of the reasons District 200 is such a great community to live and raise kids is the schools. We are an enlightened, well educated community who understands the difference education can have a person's long term success and well-being. As result, we choose to invest heavily in our schools.

Lisa and Dan Wagner

Co-Chairmen

Friends of the School

Wheaton

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