Bond Issue - USD 348
So, I've been doing some reading and some thinking about this bond issue. Since I haven't been a Baldwin resident for all that long, I thought someone could maybe let me know the answer to a burning question:
Obviously, BES-IC isn't that old. Why, at the time of planning/building, wasn't space for the primary center included? It seems like it would have been significantly more efficient and less costly than building a whole new school. It's hard to believe that no one thought BES-PC was outdated and needed replacing and/or updating at that time. Anyone?
Also, I'm not sure that I find the thought of my teenager having to trek the GREAT distance between the junior high/highschool and Baker to use their facilities is that disturbing.
The USD 348 website is not clear, either. Why are the baseball and softball fields inadequate (of course, there is the $550,000.00 golf course the city bought three (count 'em) years ago and apparently, only now are trying to figure out what to use it for...perhaps allowing the school to lease it would be a possibility?)? In regards to larger classrooms, what precisely are "current standards"? Is it just that newer schools have bigger rooms so that is a "current standard"?
Also, as a totally non-pertinant issue :), no. 7 on the Primary Center's list of issues on USD348's page makes me laugh. Yes, I can see that the gym is outdated but I don't think that telling me to vote to raise my taxes because the stage is used by the nurse and for storage is particularly clever. I mean - the clear answer for that burning "issue" is to move the nurse and store the stuff somewhere else. Seems like there's a lot of space in the original school building?
Also, in the FAQ's section of the Bond page, does anyone else find the following remotely disparaging and/or ridiculous: "If we want to teach our students/community how to conduct themselves properly, they need a proper space." My children have been taught how to handle themselves in plenty of formal situations because they are being taught proper etiquette. I know it's old school, but it worked with me. Lastly, I know it may seem like I have a chip on my shoulder, but really - there is no need to worry about my ability to conduct myself in "...a proper space..." at "...formal functions and events..." since I am by definition the "community". I am fully capable of managing that without a new auditorium, thank you very much. Sigh.
Also, I'm glad that the district is now - seemingly suddenly - interested in maintaining the properties. That's great. I am puzzled as to why the answer to the question in the FAQ just tries to sell what they're doing now. There seems to be a historic track record of failing in the maintanance area and I would like to know why. And I would like to know why, based on said track record, they expect me to be all jazzed up about the present intentions.
Additionally, who do they expect to buy the building? What's going to happen to my home values if something commercial and/or disturbing moves in since I live pretty close by?
I'm not against this whole thing as I have three children who either are or will be attending school here (unless the utility prices and taxes manage to drive us away) and yes, I want them to have a stellar educational experience...and since we don't live in a voucher friendly state, USD 348 will have to do. What concerns me (all personal blabber and nitpicking above aside) is that my money be used wisely. Anything out of my pocket affects me and my family and the choices we are able to make for our lifestyle.