Adams Central School Bond 2.0 (no updates from version 1.0)

Most school districts would salivate at having a modern, updated school such as ours, but our district wants to throw it away for a new model! K-6 with great class size, modern computer lab, library, gym, and cafeteria.

This is what the Adams Central School Board voted to try to take away from us last night along with other great schools! I would hope that you all would fight to bring some common sense to this process. The Juniata Elementary School is only three years older than the high school and was completely brought up to code in 2003.

The board has stated they need three pods to efficiently operate the school system. Why we cannot add a north pod to Juniata, expand the kitchen, take advantage of the central gym, computer lab, and library, add a multipurpose space to district 60 along with a kitchen and move forward is beyond me! This would come in at a fraction of the cost and preserve buildings that are already there, along with not taking a school away from a community.

We all know there needs to be something done with districts 15 and district 33, but why take away my choice to send my children to Juniata and others right to send their children to a smaller school to satisfy 1/3 or less of the population in the district. I am not against doing something, but I am against the one school concept. A two school proposal would pass easlily in the AC district!

I also found it ironic that the board was laughing about a pickup almost being hit during the traffic study they are currently conducting on Hwy 6. I find nothing funny about putting more children on the intersection at Hwy 6 or 12th street. Would it have been as funny if it was a minivan full of kids? I realize the laughter was because they can get nothing done with the department of roads, but reality is they are not going to inconvenience people 22.5 hours a day for 1.5 hours of congestion.  Failing to recognize this reality is much the same as recognizing that we voted down this exact same proposal once already!

I strongly urge a vote against the bond for many reasons, but just the fact that our board is ignoring a vote of the people and basing their decision on 13% of the voting public(see voice of the people on page 4) is enough for me to not have to consider any other reasons. That’s right, they had a 22% response rate to their survey and 60% of those favor a one site proposal.  Hardly enough response to say the general public surely supports one site statistically, especially with the obvious slant of the survey and threats received via local media by our school board.  We voted this down once and should not have to do it again. A vote of the people usually effects change. The only change with this proposal is the Calendar. Their plan B whatever it is cannot be worse than this blunt ignorance of the vote of the people 15 months ago.

I realize there are people that disagree with this, and I respect your position also. You all have a vote just like me, so please use it!

Author: Ryan

Self-employed farmer raising the worlds food, feed, fiber, and fuel.

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