To the editor:
The purpose of this letter is to express my support for the use of Franklin Redevelopment Commission funds to purchase Chromebooks for Franklin Community Schools students. I believe there are many community benefits to this project, starting with preparing our youngest citizens for jobs in the 21st century.
Students today learn in far different ways than when any of us were in school and they need to be prepared for jobs which will be far different than what they were 20 years ago or even are today. We need 21st century tools to ensure that Franklin remains a great place in which to live, learn, work and play.
If it weren’t for the existence of the TIF district, Franklin community schools would be able to fund programs like this on its own, without having to appear to be asking for a handout. Each year, the school corporation does not receive approximately $1.5 million, which is instead allocated to the redevelopment commission.