School decisions need time
Our View Editorial
We were encouraged by several developments at Monday’s Baldwin School Board meeting as the district continues to make the most of the tough economic times that are still being faced.
The move to have third graders go to the new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center this fall instead of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center makes financial sense. The district will get additional funding from the state based on the number of students in the new school.
That could mean as much as $60,000 more in state funding at a time when every dime counts.
It also makes sense because it won’t cause crowding at the new school since two programs slated to also move there, Parents as Teachers and the Rainbow Experience Preschool, can remain where they are located.
We were also pleased that the school board will continue to explore the ramifications of possibly closing the two rural elementary schools. There isn’t going to be a quick decision made on the controversial matter, which continues to spur discussion and draws large crowds to each school board meeting.
It is an extremely difficult situation and we don’t envy the school board members who will have to make the decision on whether to close Vinland and/or Marion Springs Elementary Schools.
Emotions are high on both sides of the issue. But it shouldn’t be emotions that determine the hard decisions. It should be decided on what’s best for the school district, the entire district.
There are too many unknowns right now to decide. The board will seek all the information it can to try and determine what’s best. They’ve shown the willingness to do that over the last six months with the committee that was formed to sort out facts and the many public meetings held to gather patron input.
But what is also gained through the decision-making process is additional time for all patrons to do the same — become educated on the pros and cons of closing or keeping schools open.
It’s not going to be an easy decision, whichever way it goes, but we all need to come to grips with what could happen.
We’re all in this together. All of us.