My family and I moved into the Oakland school district two years ago, selecting the district because of academic achievements and the small class size. We’ve been impressed by the teachers and administrators — their creativity, passion and dedication to the enrichment of the students.

The schools are a source of pride in Oakland. Student achievements in academics and athletics showcase the talent and determination of the community. Administration and teachers drive students to consistently achieve test scores ranked well above the state average, while realizing graduation rates between 90-100 percent.

The proposed Oakland school bond will invest our resources in long-term infrastructure that will be utilized for decades to come. One of the primary projects will replace the vocational buildings built in 1952 with a modern Career and Technical Education facility that will help equip our students to enter the workforce and/or give them a head start in further education. In addition, new classrooms will be built at the Oakland High School, Lincoln Middle School and Oakland Elementary to provide more class space and ease overcrowding. Finally, by passing ballot measure 10-164, Oakland would be in the running for a $4 million state grant to further the impact of the project.

Students within the Oakland School District are the future of our community, and it is important that we make an investment in them today.

Please join me in voting "Yes" on ballot measure 10-164 to support Oakland’s schools, students and the future of our community.

Brett Mason

Oakland

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