Editor: First of all I would like to thank the teachers who work for less to teach in the Davidson County Schools. I would like to thank our board of commissioners who fund our schools while keeping our tax rate at a fair level. Here are some facts from public record:

Over 30 percent of our total budget goes to fund schools. Next year we will be opening a new high school in the northern part of the county at a cost of over $40 million. We will have students travelling over 21 miles one way direct to middle and high school.

South Davidson High School was built for 744 students. It is projected to have about 397 to 420 students next school year. We have other schools with mobile classrooms. We have plenty of data to plan 12 years in advance. First grade and forward new homebuilding permit records for every road and so forth. Redrawing district lines is a matter of drawing lines on roads.

As a taxpayer, I am calling on members of the school board to get this done prior to opening the new school or step aside. For those who are seeking a school board seat, if you don't have the common sense and backbone to use common sense, then you should withdraw your name. Wasting taxpayers' dollars should not be permitted by the voters.

I am asking those seeking office to let the voters know where you stand. I am asking the press to follow up. This letter is not to criticize those who are serving, but priority should be given to our students, our classroom teachers and taxpayers first, in that order.

George Sowers

Arcadia