Having served on the Gallipolis City School Board of Education for the past four (4) years I have a much better appreciation of the challenges facing rural schools. The funding of primary and secondary education has been a hotly debated topic for years at the state level and is one of the largest line item expenses in the state’s budget. Rural schools must have a strong voice in Columbus to defend their position since the reliance on local property taxes continues to be the great divide in an equal education for every Ohio student. Consequently, the pressures on rural schools’ budgets have forced them to shrink their workforce, which often increases class sizes and diminishes the effectiveness of our educators. This is a problem that we cannot outrun. We must roll up our sleeves and work hard to find a solution to help give our children the best possible chance to be successful in life.