Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
When asked to vote “yes” so a new school could be built in town, we had no idea it would be used as a way to move our children out of the school we love. We raised our taxes willingly and we feel betrayed. The smaller communities do not want to be forced to be a part of the larger community. Don’t we get a voice in this?
We have parent volunteers cleaning. “Hot” lunches brought from town are cold. We have inferior playgrounds, combined grades and a shared principal. Still we ask the school board to keep our schools open. We want to stay in our small communities. There are hurt feelings and damaged relationships and it will be hard to feel united with educators who were fighting to close our school. Our teachers do not want to move to town.
The fact-finding committee told us closing schools would not save a significant amount of money. Those were not the same numbers used in the presentation at the June meeting. If the money saved by cutting teachers and closing schools would be used to resurface a basketball court or replace lockers, that is just another slap in the face to the rural taxpayers. Smaller class sizes are in the best interest of the district as a whole and that is research based.
To the editor:
This is to all Day Out With Thomas helpers. A big thank you goes to all the organizations, food vendors, Midland Railway members and Baldwin City volunteers for the superb job you all did to make 2010 Day out with Thomas a success.
It takes approximately 135-150 persons a day to make DOWT run smoothly. We’ve had many comments on how well all venues were handled.
Thanks, again, for the successful year in 2010.
Midland Railway and