This referendum coming April 18 wasn't meant to cause trepidation among community members. This well thought out plan is meant to help the school's immediate needs and positive growth over the last few years. Think of it as an investment not only for our children but for the entire community.
I've lived in Silver Brook Township all my life. The taxpayers in the Wrenshall School District are still trying to pay off a remaining debt of $1,810,000 from the 1997 referendum, which we will be paying for the next 3 ½ years. Now, as everyone knows, we are being asked to support a $12.5 million referendum for the next 20 years.
Kelly Smeltzer from the Minnesota Department of Health will present "Mold in Homes" and discuss the identification, health effects, causes, inspection, and remediation of residential moisture issues.
What lessons are being taught by the parents and teachers during this disagreement? The people in the group who are questioning the logic of the spending plan are not all the same. Most of them are highly educated and have worked hard for most of their lives. Many of them were teachers, nurses and other professionals in diverse fields. Some of them have worked in the trades and have paid taxes to support the school for more than 50 years.
Those in the school have never reached out to me or any of my neighbors to inform us. Putting an article in a school paper is not a great way to reach people without children or grandchildren. If you want to reach the community, it takes more work than that. How come you have not talked to your neighbors? Shame on you!
The eighth annual event was held March 16 and featured over 175 exhibits on display in the Barnum School cafeteria. "You could feel the excitement and energy as individuals proudly demonstrated what they discovered about their chosen science topic," said Paula Baier, fourth-grade teacher at Barnum.
" I always respond that I am glad to pay taxes. They go to pay teachers' salaries (not high enough in my view), keep our roads in great shape, provide public safety, and help support parks and recreation, arts and culture.
Another great part of Mentoring Day is that students were able to engage in mock interviews which were coordinated with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training. Students gained insight into participating in interviews, how to be prepared, and received feedback from area business professionals on strengths and areas to improve on.
Our feeling is that Wrenshall will only continue to grow. We see what's happening with the school our kids previously attended, and we see how Wrenshall is, and passing this will only benefit all involved. We don't feel that any of the improvements are in anyway frivolous or unnecessary. <
This utility tax issue could, possibly, create a great tax burden for citizens within this community. The responsible thing to do would be to put the Wrenshall school referendum on hold until this utility tax issue is settled.