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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

Writer doesn’t trust current school administration

Aug 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

My name is Karen Hassell, a retired Speech-Language Pathologist, and was assigned schools in the Mt. Pleasant Community School District for 41 years.

I’m for children. Children are our most important assets.

I’m for air conditioning at the 4 elementary schools.

I’m for repairing the structures to serve children/students.

I’m for technology.

I’m for safe schools and safe playgrounds.

I’ve put children/students first throughout my professional life.

However…..

I’m not for letting the superintendent/board have 16.9 million dollars with this non-binding ballot language. State law requires funds to be spent as defined in the ballot language. However in reading the ballot language-does this seem binding to you?

I’m not willing to trust the current school administration. Often, the policies and rules are either not known or not followed.

I’m not for having a “boss” who intimidates/verbally threatens staff. Current and former coworkers have shared their personal situations and concerns. What has been done to help them?

1. Our school district has the funds right now to air condition all elementary buildings and improve the safety issues. Why won’t they do it?

2. This is the most money our school district can spend on a bond without exceeding the $2.70 bond limit. We still have not retired the bonds from the high school bond issue.

3. Our enrollment number is lower; there are vacant classrooms.

4. In response to a question asked of the district at the August board meeting “what system is going to be used?” Their response was “No decision has been made on the type of heating and cooling system. If the referendum passes, the architects will do ground borings to determine the best system to incorporate at each elementary. We will follow the guidance of the building experts who we hire.”

So if this is the case, how have the elementary costs totals been determined already?

Not now. I will have to vote No on September 9th.

“If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow- citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Abraham Lincoln

Karen Hassell

Mt. Pleasant

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Sammy Hagar | Sep 02, 2014 17:21

I'd like to thank you for your service. We don't have any money to spare. Businesses have been run out of town, and the people are also leaving too. Leaving the tax base eroded. I went to multiple elementary schools in Mount Pleasant, and never did have an air conditioned one. Schools out in the summer, we're just going to have to toughen up in these tough times. A good sweat never hurt anyone.

With all the problems in the world today, if no air conditioning in schools during winter is the worst of it, I'd say we're doing pretty well.



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