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tools graphicMarcellus Central School District — like school districts throughout New York — is facing a fiscal crisis. The downturn of the national economy, coupled with new mandates and the state’s tax levy limit, has challenged public schools to continue to provide a high-quality education to all students with significantly fewer resources. As a result, districts are making devastating cuts to educational programs as they adjust to rising costs that are outpacing revenue.

District leaders at Marcellus have been working with staff and community members to find creative ways to weather the economic storm without sacrificing the integrity of our program. Yet without meaningful and timely relief from our government leaders, MCSD residents may risk losing the high level of public education they have come to know and value throughout the years.
 
The time for change is now. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents. They need to hear from the people who are most directly impacted by their decisions (or indecisions) year after year—the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners of Marcellus. Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings.
 
Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can become involved, at any level they choose. The only prerequisite is a desire to fight for our students and our community schools. Effective advocates do their homework. They know the issues and plan their communication. Most of all, they give their time to advance their cause.
 
The Central New York School Boards Association has created an advocacy toolkit with several tools to help you become an advocate for education and for Marcellus Central Schools. (Click the image above or here to view, download or print the kit.) Thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of the children of Marcellus and for helping to ensure that they receive the high-quality education they deserve.


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