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Date posted - January 21, 2013
In a few days we will have the opportunity to approve an expansion to the future education of our children. Lets “Git-R-Done” as a well known entertainer says.
Much has been studied over the last few years on this. It is now time to move forward.
For those who know me, (and for those who don’t) my parents and I chose to educate myself in a private school k-12 and beyond. That was our choice at the time.
I am not here to debate that issue. I am here to say it is time for each and every one of us, Private, Parochial, and Public school, and all other supporters, to pull together and create an investment for the future training of our children.
Some are going to say, ‘I already pay tuition costs why should I pay more’. Not a valid argument, in my opinion. In a way I feel that is a very selfish statement. That was/is your choice as it was mine and my parents when I was being educated. It is still our (each of us) duty and responsibility to give every child the opportunity for a chance to get the best education he/she can possibly get. I am reminded of a little song I learned as a child: ‘red and yellow, black and white, they are all precious in His sight’. Our society is not made up entirely of Just those attending a Private or Parochial school. We owe it to society now and in the future to allow ALL of today’s children to get the very best educational experience possible.
Some will say, ‘we did not have all this when we were in school, and we turned out ok’, perhaps true. Times have changed. In 1962 (if I am correct it was the last update to the East facility) we did not have a cell phone, (my goodness the kids have them now,) very few radial tires, air-conditioning in your car, what about a cab on your tractor? What the world was no-till farming in the 60′s. The way we educate our children has changed. I went thru the list posted in the flyer sent out to me, do I understand each and every reason that was listed for the expansion? No. Do I trust that the educators and the board know why it is needed? I do. Do I agree with all of them, perhaps not. But to say just b/c I did not have them available or don’t understand them, I should say no, in my mind is not valid.
Oh but the enrollment is down or not moving. Again, perhaps to some a valid point. I personally don’t think it matters. The way I look at it is this, our school was geared toward education in the 60′s. Do we really think our educational ability is still in the 60′s? Do we farm with the same practices as in the 60′s? Do we run or business the same as in the 60′s? Again times have changed. Methods of education have changed. Security in our schools has changed.
I (and I am sure many others) don’t understand all the in’s and out’s of how the financing will work. I need to trust that our administration and board has it worked out. I did however do some quick calculations based on the figures supplied in the flyer that I received. It looks to me that if I have a residential property valued at @200k, it might cost me one trip to Omaha, Sioux City, or Sioux Falls for a very fancy dinner and night out for that year. My question for myself then is this, Am I willing to give up that night or weekend out, for an investment in our kids educational future?
I will attend one of the meetings set up on this issue and learn more, perhaps ask questions, perhaps not agree on some things. However, it still boils down we need to invest in our children’s future, in a way it is our future. So I say it is time to just: Git-R-Done !!