Marriott: Focus on students

Published 4:50 pm Monday, May 7, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Deborah Marriott, principal at Brewton Elementary School, has some simple words to live by: &#8220A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
A plaque with that verse - whose author is unknown - sits in her office.
She hopes voteres will take it to heart when they consider a 1-mill county-wide tax renewal for both city and county schools next month.
Also up for a vote on June 5 will be the renewal of a 3-mill district school tax for county schools.
The Escambia County School System stands to lose about $600,000 in funding if the tax renewal is not approved next month.
Marriott said her school has some programs in place that may be in jeopardy, should the 1-mill countywide tax fail to be renewed.
Marriott said she hopes that voters will consider the actions of our forefathers and continue their dream for an educational opportunity for everyone.
Brewton Elementary School was built in the mid-1970s, and Marriott believes continued maintenance on the facility could see some shortfalls in funds if the renewal is not approved.
Lynn Smith, superintendent for Brewton City Schools, is a good steward of money allocated to the system, Marriott said.
Marriott said the importance of the tax renewal could not be more obvious since the tax has been around for so many years.