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I was interested in finding out who is or is not commited to the idea of reopening the rural schools at a later date given better economic times ahead. Just curious.
March 31, 2011
Dont forget to vote !!
It's my understanding to open a public school, the district must prove to the state dept. that they are fiscally able to support it. It's not just a matter of wanting a building open. With more budget cuts coming down the pike from our governor's direction & economic stresses, I personally don't think USD348 will reopen the outlaying buildings.
If the rural candidates get elected, they will vote to reverse the school board's decision to close the schools. It's a done deal. It's why they are running. They've been meeting about it for months. They can dress up their reasons with a million different flourishes and bows, but the main reason they are seeking seats on the school board in such numbers is to reverse the closure decision. Which is their right. Good for them for being organized. They just need four votes.
If you don't want that decision reversed, then you need to get out and vote on Tuesday. And get your neighbors to vote too. Because if you don't vote, you can't complain.
Reversing the decision is not an option the state dept. will accept. Check your facts.
Chad Chistie is a rural candidate, you moron.
Good point greyghost. I think technically Kite, Dunbar, Chapman, Nelson and Christie are rural dwellers. Don't know about the other candidates. Maybe I'm missing how "rural candidates" are being defined? Maybe the moral of the story is not to discriminate based on address, but discuss facts, meet the candidates? Oh wait, sensibility is overrated and not nearly as dramatic as conspiracy theories...
This town is very good at conspiracy theories. The sad part is people believe them. A prime example is Mike Gammage's letter to the editor 3/31edition of Signal.
I am not as worried about the candidates who are pushing for the focus on early-childhood education and preserving the schools we already have as I am about the group that wants to continue the excessive spending. There are people out there who want more new facilities, more sports, more "directors" to pull in high salaries, etc. I agree with the candidates who push for more cooperaton and sharing between the City, Rec Commission, Baker and USD 348.
Such as? I have not read or heard comments by any candidate who advocates what you mention here. Facilities? More sports? Directors? Show some evidence, or are you making this up? There are rural residents with kids who attended outlying schools who advocate for girls' soccer, you know. (and I don't think it's a bad thing, either)
I read that Robin Bayer is in favor of the"Chief Education Officer", Ed Kite wants a new Curriculum Director, and Chad Christie says we are leaking students because of sports and curriculum.
We are too small to offer every sport and extra class that a 6A school has. We also attract out of district students because we are smaller and offer more participation opportunities.
At one time this district had an 'Athletic Director' pulling down $65,000 a year.
When he retired they split his duties between two people and gave them $16,000.
If it happened before it can happen again. Baldwin has a champaigne taste that's for sure...and our grandchildren will surely appreciate it when they can't afford to live here (or don't want to because of the taxes.)
I agree that we can't offer the same sports that the larger schools do. Especially if it is at the expense of the safety and quality of our children's education. When the district is facing such great cuts that they are considering cutting the transportation of all children who have an address within the city limits regardless of where they are going to be picked up or how they are forced to get to school. During all of the cuts being considered has anyone thought about how the children will be affected by these decisions? Most of the children from the rural schools are very excited about coming into town for school it's the parents that are upset and want to project their feelings on the children. As for the children in town, by taking away the busing there will be no safe way for them to get to school. When the district chose to build the schools in the current location they should have thought about the long term affects on everyone involved.
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