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To the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Cromwell-Wright school bond

To the Editor:

I would like to add my opinion on the upcoming Cromwell-Wright School Bond issue. I have many thoughts on this issue, and I am sure some of them are biased due to my decades of working in this district, but, as I see it, we don't have a choice. We either build on and update the facilities or hope that things will get better on their own, which isn't very likely.

I have talked to many area folks and they all want improvements to our school, but some of them feel the cost is too great at this time. But, I know from experience that if we wait and try to do a scaled down plan at a later date, it may cost even more and we will get a lot less.

The state is willing to help with over a million dollars for the project. I also talked to a current school board member and he said this is an all-or-nothing deal. If we don't pass this now, there are no future plans for improvements. He also said that over the years, he has been approached many times by community members asking him when the board is going to do something about the auditorium, music facilities, gym situation and the shop. The board has spent countless hours making plans and figuring out the needs of our students and this is the plan they and the architects feel is best for all areas that need improvement.

There has been some discussion on future enrollment numbers, but if we don't plan for a better future, will the students come? As they said in a baseball movie a few years ago: "If you build it, they will come." Now it is up to you the voter to make a decision. Will we move ahead and vote "YES" and do what's best, or will we fall behind?

Jennie K. Hanson