Attracting young familes focus of joint meeting
- Published: August 28, 2010
At last night’s joint meeting between the Yellow Springs School Board and Village Council, the first such meeting in five years, board and Council members discussed with the public ways to attract more young families to the village.
Recognized by both groups as vital to the town’s future, young families have been declining in number over the past few decades, according to statistics presented at the meeting, with fewer school-age children and less income tax two major consequences of the decline.
“Young people aren’t going to come here unless there’s a reason,” said school board member Angela Wright in emphasizing the need for more local job creation. “Schools need a stable economic base.”
“Being a magnet for young families by having good schools is one way [to attract them],” said council president Judith Hempfling. “Another issue we know we have is with the cost of housing.”
Meeting participants went on to offer a variety of strategies for increasing affordability in the village, through housing land trusts, zoning changes, economic development and more.
The meeting was also an opportunity for the two elected bodies to communicate about their goals and current activities, with many agreeing that the two groups be more aware of the impact of their decisions on the other.
For a full article on the meeting, including updates from the Council and school board, see the Sept. 2 issue of the Yellow Springs News.