Dear Editor,

As a senior and student leader at Almont High School, I have deep pride in my school. I also, however, recognize there’s a lot of room for improvement, especially for the next generations of students.

This week, Almont Community Schools announced that it would be seeking a new millage on the February ballot to raise money for infrastructure and instructional upgrades.

Having experienced the schools’ challenges first-hand, I urge the community to support this measure to provide our children with the best possible learning environment.

Our classrooms are outdated–many haven’t been updated in decades –which hinders our ability to embrace modern teaching methods and technology, putting us at a disadvantage compared to students in more advanced environments.

They’re also overcrowded, which has resulted in 8th-grade students being moved to the high school and 4th-grade students moving to the middle school. This might seem like a minor change, but even as a student I can see why 4th and 5th graders do not belong on a bus with middle school and high school students, some of whom are nearly old enough to be adults.

It’s also not a long-term solution for continued growth.

The classrooms aren’t the only areas that need upgrading. As the captain of the football team this past season, I’ve seen how our athletic facilities fall embarrassingly short, affecting not only our performance but also our safety.

Our tennis courts are dangerous with cracks throughout the surface. Our track is so bad we have not been able to host our own track team since I have been attending the district.

Passing this bond is not just about a bricks and mortar facelift; it’s about investing in the future of our education system and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn in a safe, contemporary standard, and conducive environment, giving our community a foundation to be proud of when we welcome guests to our “home”.

Almont pride runs deeps in our community and this bond could allow us to let our pride radiate into where it all starts, our youth.

—Lucas Mantini