LETTER: Vote 'Yes' for Wrenshall kids
To the Editor: The Wrenshall School District request for funding to improve facilities deserves careful examination. I see the case in favor of the Wrenshall School Facilities Plan resting on projects that are necessary and those that are timely;...
To the Editor:
The Wrenshall School District request for funding to improve facilities deserves careful examination.
I see the case in favor of the Wrenshall School Facilities Plan resting on projects that are necessary and those that are timely; both are compelling. The case against the plan arises from the increased tax burden and uncertainty about the future.
The necessary improvements include maintenance projects: roofing, brickwork, parking lots and bus lanes, entrance security, telephone and intercom, handicap entrance. Deferring these projects borders on neglect and possibly increases their cost in the future. The timely improvements are ones that substantially enhance learners' potential: a robotics and CAD lab and an upgraded metal- and woodshop will develop workplace skills; added classrooms and labs will relieve crowding; a new cafeteria and a new gym will boost student health and attitude.
The tax levy over 20 years is modest, not more than $390 a year for most of the residential properties in the district and less for some. Anxiety about future economic events and conditions leads to paralysis of decision. Rather, it makes sense to invest in a facility that attracts families to live in the district and raises property values.
A few words about me and my biases: as a retiree up in years, my wage-earning days are over, my resources have limits, and my horizon nears. My former career in education makes me favor advantages for teaching; as the grandfather of two very young residents of the district, I want the best for my offspring. I recognize the worth of a community where so many residents point with pride to their graduation photos at the school entrance.
The Wrenshall School is an anchor of the community; to maintain and upgrade the school setting shows pride. Citizens who vote to affirm the value of educating youth lift the wellbeing of all district residents. Please, vote "Yes" on April 18.
John S. Dugan, Wrenshall