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I want to express my gratitude for a job well done to Bob Uphues and the Landmark organization for covering all our community news and events. The Landmark plays an important role in communicating critical information so the community can be informed as to the actions of our elected bodies.

Referring to my comments in the article ("Spring tax referendum official for D95," News, Dec. 21) concerning the board's resolution of a referendum to alleviate the education fund deficit, I was quoted "that this will allow us to maintain the staff and programs we have today" bottom-line.

I am misquoted saying "this would provide an opportunity to add `things' in the future." I don't know about you, but when an elected official talks about "things in the future," I get a little suspect about what they mean by "things."

My quote was "this will enable D95 to continue to implement and further develop a robust up-to-date curriculum" according to our strategic plan that will better prepare our children for high school and beyond.

District 95, its board, administration, teachers and programs have been driven by our strategic plan implemented four years ago that included direct feedback from the community. That means our job is not done.

We need to continue to invest in children and the people that help them learn to learn. We always have to be mindful of our fiscal responsibility and, as a board, our duty to the taxpayer, so plans have to be balanced with our financial resources.

James Landahl, Dist. 95 board president

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