Do not support bond
We are writing in regard to the upcoming bond issue. First, we would like to say that we are not voting for the proposed school bond, but yes we do support Hitchcock County Schools.
The current bond is a short-term fix that is probably the most fair to all, but face the facts, life is not always fair.
This bond is not the right decision in these tough economic times. We received brochures in support of the current bond and some of the information is misleading and does not support the facts. The brochure states, build one K-12 building in either town for $18 million.
The facts are that the architects quoted a new K- 12 building in Culbertson for $8.7 million. It is a reality that state aid is being cut all across the board.
One school is the best long-term option to support Hitchcock County Schools for the long term. There is no guarantee that in the future the state will let a district operate with more than one school in different towns.
The brochure also states we're all going to pay taxes. This vote lets us decide whether our money is spent in our communities or gets sent to someone else's.
We agree with this statement but, lets make sure that our tax money is being spent on a long term fix and not a short term one.
We would also like to comment that it is not understood why the entire school board was not willing to send out a mail-out vote to see what the majority of registered voters wanted to run as the school bond.
This would not have been a cost to the district, as the cost was offered to be paid by an individual. We know that people were invited to attend meetings to voice their choices or concerns. Yet, people need to understand that because of children, work and other obligations, not everyone was able to attend.
We feel that a mail-out vote to see what the majority of registered voters wanted the bond to be, should have been done.
We find it ironic that the majority of the school board stated a mail-out vote to see what the majority wanted would not get results because people would not send them back, but this is how we are now voting on the proposed bond.
To run this bond was not a unanimous decision by the Hitchcock County School Board. We would like to thank you for your time and encourage Hitchcock County voters to vote no for the bond and support our schools by supporting the right to have a long-term fix for our schools.
It's wonderful that we live in this great nation and we respect that people have choices, whether they feel it's right or wrong, for or against, that we are respectful of one'xs choice to vote as they see fit.
BE SURE TO VOTE!
Roger and Lynn
Bill and Susan Weber,