Editorial: Another school year, another big decisionSummer is going by fast, too fast, and the start of the 2011-12 school year is almost here. This week the Journal previews the various local school buildings and changes that students and parents may notice as doors open in September.
Summer is going by fast, too fast, and the start of the 2011-12 school year is almost here. This week the Journal previews the various local school buildings and changes that students and parents may notice as doors open in September.
The start of the new school year also coincides with an issue dealt with last April — the big referendum. Repairs, additions and renovations totaling almost $39 million were voted down by school district residents.
Now the school board has moved toward setting up another referendum, similar to the one from April, but broken out into parts. The idea is to give voters a choice on whether to approve the whole package or segments.
For those interested in following along, maybe even participating in the post-referendum discussion, consider attending a special meeting on the topic starting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the district central office, 852 E. Division St.
This meeting was set up so school board members, administrators and the district’s financial and architectural advisors can work out details for a second referendum in November. Citizens are not only welcome to attend this special meeting, but they will also have an opportunity to comment about the proposal and the idea for another referendum.
The school referendum is obviously a pocketbook issue because it affects property taxes. But it’s also about what we do to maintain the quality of local public education and how we invest in the buildings where that learning takes place.
We’re all affected by this topic, even if we don’t have children attending school.
As always, the Journal’s role will be to provide updates and insights on the latest developments of a referendum sequel. Try to stay informed so you’ll understand what’s at stake with the next vote. It’s your money, your schools, your community.