To the Editor:

Heartfelt thanks to the Cannon Beach City Council for their unanimous support of the Cannon Beach Academy’s charter school application to the Seaside School District. The application, if successful, will pave the way for a tuition-free public charter school to be established in Cannon Beach as soon as September 2014.

I understand the reasons behind the school district’s decision to close the beloved Cannon Beach Elementary School. However, I am absolutely delighted that the district has indicated it will work with the Cannon Beach Academy to allow the possibility of a charter school to go forward.

The Cannon Beach Academy is important to families who want their young children to remain in their community during the early years of their schooling. All of us should also realize that a local school is equally important to the entire community, including Arch Cape. We need a school in our midst to attract new young families to Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, as well as to prevent the ones that are already here from moving away.

Young families give our communities vitality, new energy and new ideas. They also provide a labor force critical to local employers and volunteers for our rural fire district, as well as all the nonprofit organizations who rely on volunteers to enrich our lives.

Three cheers to the City Council and to all the volunteers who are committing untold hours to making a public, tuition-free Cannon Beach Academy a reality.

Marty Schwab Harris

Cannon Beach

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