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In the next week we will have to make several decisions that will affect our children's education for the next 10 years. In order to make the correct decision everyone should have already investigated the space plans thoroughly. Unfortunately, most people have not nor really attempted to. Many have read the newspaper stories and followed this letter writing forum but to sit down and analyze the needs and the planning, well that takes a lot of time. Most just don't have that time. It's easier just to look at numbers, 30 vs. 70 or 90 million, or listen to what other say. One guy might have told you that for $30 million you get the same as $90 million or if in 1970 we had 600 students in a school we can put that same number in today.

This sounds good, after all $30 million is lower than $90 and he's right my school didn't have computers, or special education or all-day kindergarten or ESL or educational assistants or even a gym. If we do away with this, our kids don't need that space either. This thinking does work but if you want this you're going to have to do more than just vote against something. You'll have to lobby your state legislatures hard, really hard. They, through the Regents, tell local school board what they can and can not do. The state makes the laws not your local school boards. This takes us back to our first problem. It takes time to do this and well most just don't have that time or like running for school board would rather not. It's easier to let someone else do the work and just tell them their nuts. If you don't have a solution no one can blame you.

If you vote no don't expect your school taxes not to go up. Take the operating budget and divide it by the number of students projected for September, then multiply that number by the 1000 new students coming. Now add millions for portables, yes we will have to have lots of these. What I'm trying to say is you must investigate and analyze the problem. Don't take my word for it or anyone else. Look at it very hard then make up your mind.

We will elect three board members next week and those three will most likely to responsible for hiring a new superintendent, two assistant superintendents and two principals. This is more important than the bond. I know that Roy Nelson, Sandy Ehrlich, and Nancy Cowles work harder than most board members I've seen. I know that they are not the incompetent as some would like you to think. We must retain experience. Please join me and re-elect them.

Bob Scheer


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