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April 4, 2012

PACs spread their message

The Zionsville Yes and the Zionsville Taxpayers for Responsible Education political action committees are back in action, hoping to educate the community on the upcoming referendum question.

Zionsville resident Debbie Ungar decided to volunteer for Zionsville Yes and educate voters on the referendum.

“We really feel it’s our obligation that every voter knows the ramifications crowded classrooms have on the community,” Ungar said. “This referendum is about cutting down classes and protecting home values.”

Michael Beres, a volunteer for ZTRE, said their group wants to serve as a fact-checker.

“We want to serve as a watch dog,” Beres said. “We are going to hold the (school) board accountable for their actions and gather information to check everything and make sure they’re not putting a spin on it. Our job is to present facts and not put a spin on anything.”

Mary Reid, a volunteer for the Zionsville Yes PAC, said there is a big difference between this referendum and the one proposed in 2010.

“This referendum is responsive to the last referendum,” she said. “It’s a shorter time frame and less amount. It’s all about reducing class sizes. Crowded classrooms are something that everyone can understand.”

Reid said the group has been relentlessly educating community members and answering questions people have. She says the group wants voters to know that this time the money will directly go to reducing classroom sizes.

“The previous argument (against the referendum) was that there wouldn’t be much of an impact on teacher cuts or program funding,” she said. “We are finding that people are receptive. We’ve seen the impact (the failed referendum) has had on the schools. We’re not    talking about projections now; we’re talking about reality.”

Beres, however, contends the school board made teacher cuts after the failed referendum to get an emotional response from parents.

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