The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

​​High-quality health care field requires a high-quality local school system


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 17, 2017 - 6:48 AM

In recent years, Coweta County has enjoyed a growing reputation as a health care destination. When Piedmont Newnan Hospital opened its new, state-of-the-art facility in 2012, we were proud to contribute to that well-earned reputation of Coweta as a health care leader. Among the Piedmont Healthcare network of hospitals, Piedmont Newnan Hospital is routinely ranked as having the highest quality, a designation we’re pleased to have achieved.

Having a high-quality hospital requires maintaining our standard of hiring high-quality employees, and we know that the Coweta County School System has provided some of these employees and will continue to do so in the future. Because Coweta County schools have average SAT and ACT scores above the national average, we also know that students who are sitting in local classrooms today may well be the health care professionals of tomorrow, those individuals we depend on to help to keep Coweta citizens healthy.

Coweta’s economic and job growth of the future—including the very important health care sector—is going to require having an excellent school system to make it even stronger. For that reason, I encourage local residents to join me in supporting the March 21 referendum on the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or ESPLOST.

Coweta County enjoys one of the state’s superior educational systems, and we need to help keep it that way. Continuing the one-penny sales tax to support Coweta’s economic and job growth is a simple way to do our part in maintaining our high-quality school system.

Michael Robertson, CEO

Piedmont Newnan Hospital