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Why no vote on school expansion? PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:
After figuring and paying my property taxes for Perkins County I came to the realization that I may have reached an age where Depends are needed.
I looked at the breakdown of the taxes and saw where a majority of them go to the schools. Here I get mixed messages. I read where the school board is spending $6 to $10 million to expand the high school and build a state-of-the-art gymnasium. All without a vote by the people.
I then read where PCHS is dropping to 8-man football and board members see a possible need to cut programs because of lack of enrollment.
Don’t get me wrong, I taught high school for 30 years and coached for 34 so I am not anti-education,  but I definitely see a conflict here on expansion and significant drop in enrollment.
I maintain a home in Brandon but my primary residence is in Monument, Colo. Here it is impossible to do something of this magnitude without a vote of the people, so I wonder why it can be done there.
If it is truly necessary, so be it, but if it is “build it and they will come” or about the legacy of school board members when taxes have skyrocketed over the last few years I believe the community should have decided.      
I lived in Perkins County when there was a school in every town (I went to Venango) and the town was centered and thrived because of the school. I have seen what happens when the centerpiece is taken away as well.
I realize it is too late to change what is happening, so I paid my taxes and had my say.
I read about the Plainsmen and Larry’s piece every week and wish them well.                                    
Richard Stewart
Monument, Colo.