To the editor:
I have Cardinal pride, and I will gladly pay more in taxes if the students in our district would be offered more opportunities, but I am voting "no" on the Nov. 7 referendum.
How will this $6 million referendum improve academics at our school? Where is the educational payoff for this addition? I hear talk about the minimal tax impact, the need for expansion, etc., but, is this the best plan we can do?
When I look at the plan, I see a huge shop that is three times the size of our current shop. Will we utilize this if we have no plans to expand our curriculum? I see a music space that appears to be smaller than what we have now. Is this adequate space for our music and choir programs?
I see a gym that is being designed very one-dimensionally — for sports only. How does this address our need for a musical performance/stage area improvement?
It seems this is a one-shot deal. It has to be done right the first time.
I have attended numerous board meetings in the last couple of years. The board has set aside funds specifically for the industrial arts addition. The claims people are making that there will be no improvements if this referendum fails are false. The "all or nothing" claim is false.
It has been stated in surveys sent to the community that the shop will be done even if this referendum fails. It would be irresponsible to continue not addressing the needs in the shop area when the funds are available.
Regarding taxes, I have seen claims that our "voter-approved levies" have dropped slightly. This is true; however, the writer failed to mention that the "other local levies," which includes the levies our school board can set, have gone up significantly — way more than doubling in the last four years and have now surpassed what I pay for voter-approved levies.
I am voting "no" because I care about our students, school and community. If that's not Cromwell pride, I don't know what is. Let's make a plan that makes sense for everyone.