Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

Letters to the Editor

September 9, 2010

To the Baldwin City community,

Thank you for your support for education and young children. USD 348 has just opened a beautiful new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center to meet the needs of children from 3 years old through third grade. We have spaces to learn, space to play, a library and cafeteria, complete accessibility throughout the building and plenty of parking. Student drop-off and pick-up have become more efficient and safe. Buses and delivery vehicles are separated from car traffic. The community has a new gym, little league ball field and a Community Room for groups needing a meeting space.

Thank you to the members of our community who volunteered hundreds of hours of help by serving on the Primary Center Steering Committee, boxing materials last spring in anticipation of the move and helping last week with the actual move into the new building. Volunteers unpacked and organized thousands of library books, broke down and hauled several tons of cardboard to the recycling centers, helped set up classrooms and were available to help in so many other ways. With that help classrooms were ready for students on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

We will host an Open House for the community on Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We hope to see you then and welcome you to our neighborhood!

Deb Ehling-Gwin


and Staff of BES-Primary Center

To the editor:

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place Sept. 12-18 and will feature the theme “Living Life.” We invite you — the community at large — to join us in celebrating residents’ lives and thanking volunteers, family members, staff and others at one of the events during the week.

NALW was established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living to provide a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers, and the surrounding community to celebrate residents and the services provided by the staff within the 38,000 assisted living communities across the nation.

The “Living Life” events that we have planned help us to say “thank you” to our residents, many of whom have made significant contributions to the Baldwin City community or whatever community they may have resided in as business people, civic leaders, teachers, farmers, military members, parents and grandparents, to name a few. Please join us for any or all of the events we have planned for that week. We especially invite you to join us on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social to kick off the week. There will be musical entertainment provided by Rob McHenry with Homebound. Please call us and let us know if you would be able to help with bringing a freezer of ice cream. Mark your calendars, family, friends and neighbors.

I wish to thank the Baldwin City community as well as the surrounding communities for supporting us here at Vintage Park in many ways over the last 10 years. I am continually amazed by the love and generosity shown to the residents here. The residents here are “Living Life” to the fullest every day. It is truly a wonderful place to call home.

Sue Brown, Director

Vintage Park at Baldwin City


Torch 7 years, 8 months ago

Ms Ehling-Gwin:

Appreciate the sentiment but you shouldn't be thanking us. You should be thanking those kids in school who will stll be paying for that building long after you're retired and gone.


Bloggerboo 7 years, 8 months ago

What's your point, Torch? You can't get decent, functional school buildings any cheaper than we did. Have you seen buildings paid off in a much faster rate, or something?

Oh, no, of course your point is to denigrate anything good that is happening with our school system. The community clearly made the right choice on this, and as usual, the community mind is greater than your short-sighted, nit-picking, ego-centric rants and viewpoint on this issue.


BaldwinDad 7 years, 8 months ago

Bloggerboo, I tend to agree with you but on this your wrong, this was clearly not the right choice. The cost of schooling in this district is killing this town with high taxes. I have several friends from Lawrence to Olathe, that seriously looked at Baldwin before they bought a home and all of them said no due to the high costs of living here in this town.

Our current district like many monopolistic businesses is costing way more then it should. We need to start looking at breaking the hold the state has on educating our children and looking at more affordable and better performing options.

Not matter how you look at this was the wrong decision and the lies the district and administration told to get it passed are all now coming home to roost.


greyghost 7 years, 8 months ago

You mean like the lies that the Board told to the rural electorate?


BaldwinDad 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, those lies told to the rural tax payers to get their votes and the lies they told about how this was to be all we would need to spend do to ensure the safety and education of our children for a couple years, but at the rate their going and the action they are taking education in USD #348 will be getting poorer and costing us more each year.

The simple fact we the parents of USD#348 already have to pay and additional roughly $90,000 a year on top of all the taxes we pay just to make our children have school books is outrageous. People need to stop praising these overpriced Monopolies and start looking at better options for our kids.


Stacy Napier 7 years, 8 months ago

Not to mention the building most likely will need to be repaired before it is paid off. Just like the Intermediate center and it's roof repairs already. Did we get any warranties with this building?


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