by Worthington Daily Globe
May 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm in Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON District 518 will move forward with a referendum for a new intermediate school, the school board decided during a special meeting Thursday morning. Continue Reading
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One of the key reasons for building Prairie Elementary was to keep K-5 in one building so the teachers could better communicate.
So let’s split them up again?
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This is just a guess, but I’m thinking that having 2 elementary schools, each running K-5 programs, would make communication difficult between teachers in the same grade level. You also would save $$$ on materials, library books, targeted special programs like music and PE or special education. So, putting grades K-2 in one building, and 3-5 in another might be more beneficial scholastically and economically.
Perhaps someone involved in the decision / thought process could weigh in here.
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I understand they are doing this to be cost effective. I was just pointing out that they used the teacher communication thing to push for a large elementary school to be built before and now they want to split them up again. I didn’t mean for it to sound critical, but I can see how it could be interpreted that way.
I am in favor of building more classrooms. I want my taxes to go for education. I don’t want to be surrounded by dumb people.
It’s critical to have small classroom sizes, especially in k-5.
I would hope any future schools would have room for expansion.
I thought Prairie Elementary was built with future expansion in mind but I am not sure if my memory is accurate on that memory.
I wonder if the new school can share the gym and cafeteria with Prairie to save cost?
I know the cafeteria is pretty full for lunch time as it is now.
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Do these so called planers ever do any shopping and realize the huge inflation we are facing? Do they realize how many decades it has been since average Joe, has had any real pay rise? Do they know how much my taxes or yours have raised since we built the last school? Do they realize that the company and the people that are responsible for this extraordinary perceived needed school should be paying the extraordinary real cost? A surtax?
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Deano, I couldn’t agree more. 37 million dollars is a preliminary figure? Let me translate that into what a more likely scenario is…..40, 45, maybe more. Think your property taxes are high now, just wait.
How about bring a few portable classrooms in to help with the classroom sizes.
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I’m going to wait to reserve judgment until they come out with something other than a preliminary estimate before I decide. All that will be revealed before you head to the polls in November, 2013.
Anything prior to that (getting details) is pure speculation and a waste of time, energy and anxiety. In the meantime I believe the school board will be happy to accept your recommendations for other options.
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Go to the school board with your suggestion that they hit up JBS to pay for any school additions / new construction / improvements. Come prepared with examples of where OTHER industries in OTHER cities in MN — or anywhere — have been “surtaxed” to fund something like this.
Make your case to somebody who can do something about it.
If the cost of living is becoming too high for you in Worthington, or Minnesota for that matter, you could move, I guess.
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Well since I’m not moving anytime soon, I’ll take the high road and have a mature discussion about the subject.
Maybe no one has actually asked JBS to be part of the financial obligation in building a multi-million dollar $chool. I think it should be up to the district admin and city officials to approach JBS and inquire. If that is too forward I have no problem as a citizen/taxpayer to ask them myself.
I don’t need to —
“Come prepared with examples of where OTHER industries in OTHER cities in MN — or anywhere — have been “surtaxed” to fund something like this.”
Look what Schwan’s does for Marshall and it’s schools, look how Worthington bends over backwards to accommodate JBS and it’s employees. I know they give a lot of pork away, but that doesn’t have a thing to do with helping with classroom sizes…they ARE the reason for the classroom sizes!
“Make your case to somebody who can do something about it.”—I am, right now, by expressing my opinion to the readers of the Globe who will be voting on this.
I see places all over this country dealing with over crowded class rooms by bringing in portable units and setting them right next to the school. It seems to me that would be MUCH cheaper for now.
What happens if, God forbid, JBS downsizes or closes for some reason? We’re left with brand new empty buildings and a whole lot of debt.
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You’re jumping the gun. Unless you’ve seen architect’s drawings of the proposed construction, you cannot possibly “estimate” how much this is all going to cost. Do you have inside information you’re not sharing to support your “more likely” $40-45 million claim? Pulling a number out of thin air is pointless, and is only used as a ploy to stir things up unnecessarily. Like I said earlier, wait to see what your tax dollars will buy you before you make a decision, or jump to any conclusions. Just how “mature” is it to make stuff up?
You have no facts to “educate” the voters with. Voters don’t “speak” until November. If you’ve got suggestions for alternatives, you best get to the school board before then. Have those prices for portable classrooms handy.
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At this time, until they can show some restraint on wasteful spending, (VERY expensive tennis courts for one example) and be 100% honest when they make a pitch for the new building, MY vote is, at this time a resounding NO! After the last round of B.S. we were fed in regards to West Elementary etc. just to get Prairie built, I am soured a bit yet on the need for any new buildings. Along with the desire to have much smaller classes, comes the need for many more teachers which results in a large increase of money needed for wages, benefits, equipment, etc. will they then return with their hands out to pay for all the other added expenses? I agree somewhat with eastender; until I see the final proposal (and some HONEST representations) I can’t be sure which way I’d vote, but as it is now, I will stay with the no vote until they convince me to vote otherwise.
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I think it is ridiculous that the school board is wanting another new school when the ones they had were good and they whined and got the community to pay for Prairie Elementary. Central was still in good shape and needed some updating but that could have been done cheaper than building new. West is sinking and is unsafe they said. Well why in the heck is it still being used if it is so dangerous? My vote will be No! The graduating classes of the early 70’s were 300 plus students and they had no problems with smaller schools then they have now. Now they are maybe graduating 200 and want bigger schools. Get a grip. Unlike John Landgaard we all aren’t making over 100k per year we can’t afford it!
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The argument for smaller class sizes is a joke. Look at other countries that are crushing us in test scores, but they have larger classes. Instead of spending tons of dollars on buildings, why don’t we spend that money to keep good teachers teaching instead of letting them quit for better paying jobs. And don’t forget the over $50 million the state spent in 2010 to educate illegal aliens. That doesn’t help the school districts either!
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