QUESTIONS & CONCERNS ABOUT RURAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Has the board looked at the material that the CPA presented at the meeting? Is it true that we could be at capacity in 3-5 years? If we do reach capacity, what is the plan then? Have they explored the savings summary options that a board member presented at the meeting? I'm sorry but we have a hard time trusting in Mr. Dorathy and the board after the bond issue. The bond was presented to benefit the entire district and solidify the rural schools. We voted for the bond issue because we have family and friends that attend the PC & IC and they needed a new school but in addition, because it was to help Marion Springs by purchasing laptop's for our teacher's. As you are probably aware that never happened, our CSO had to buy them. The bond ensured that it would keep MSE & Vinland open. Now Mr. Dorathy and some of the board members are proposing to close them. How are we to trust in Mr. Dorathy and the board"s decisions after an ordeal like this? Then at one of the board meetings, it was presented that there was $230 some thousand left in the technology from the bond. Why wasn't it suggested to reimburse Marion Springs CSO for the laptop's they purchased? The lack of district wide curriculm is another major concern. The board voted on a district wide curriculm that is to be taught but that is not the case. Books and materials were purchased and they are not being used. Couldn't the district have saved money by just purchasing it for the teacher's that use it? These are just a few more concerns we would like addressed. There are too many questions that haven't been answered and all the other possible options to save money were taken off the table such as; seventh grade sports, reduce a technology position, Four day school week, shorter school year, busing under 2.5 miles. It just seems like they are trying to force this proposal through without concrete justification. In addition, why would the PC & IC want MSE & Vinland kids crowding their classrooms? Do they think it won't effect their children also?