This letter was published in the print edition of the August 22, 2018 Naples Daily News.
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Cash will deliver on promises
Our Collier County Public Schools need change and candidate Mary Ellen Cash has the experience and inside knowledge of School Board policies to do the job.
We have a minority-majority school system. This means that 65 percent of our students go home to non-English-speaking households. Cash is certified in English as a second language and wants phonics back in the curriculum. She is for fact-based curriculum.
Fifty-two percent of our property taxes go to the school district and 70 percent of taxpayers do not have children in schools! Our school district has a $1 billion budget for 46,000 students. Lee County has a $1 billion dollar budget and 96,000 students. Cash argued before the board to review the proposed budget and add no new tax increases. The School Board voted to raise taxes $40 million by a 3-to-2 vote in July. She is a fiscal conservative and believes we can do better. She believes in accountability and transparency.
Take the time to look at her website: www.cash4district5. com. Read her personal fact sheet and the letter of reference from CCPS.
Cash is a relationship builder and works hard to serve Collier County in many ways. As a Naples Lion, she does health screenings in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, she works for veterans and scholarships for students. In the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, she helps raise funds for reading programs and supports community improvement initiatives.
I believe she will accomplish what she promises and more as a School Board member.
Betty A. Bailey, Naples