Joanne M. Flanders
Extending debt does not improve quality of school
To the Editor:
Even though I do not live in the Duncan school district, as a past president of the Grandfield School Board, I’ve been reading with interest the information about the upcoming bond vote for the Duncan schools.
,Based on the photos published in the paper showing the state of disrepair in the schools (and a picture is worth a thousand words, right?), I’d say some members of the maintenance staff should be looking for new jobs. Why were these things allowed to get so bad in the first place?
Granted, school buildings and school vehicles endure a lot more wear and tear than a home or family car, but some things are the same no matter what: maintenance is an ongoing affair and repairs must be made early when the job is small.
When I have a leaky faucet in my home, I fix it. I don’t wait until the house is flooded and then go looking for a new house. When the car needs oil, I don’t wait for the engine to burn up and just get a new car.
Having a showplace school by extending debt doesn’t mean the quality of education improves.
Billy F. Shelby
Elementary schools dire conditions not dire now?
To the Editor:
Last year, it was imperative to build a super elementary school because of the dire conditions of the current elementary buildings. After the solution put forward was defeated, I assumed the new bond proposal would present other ways of addressing the problem.
Apparently, the elementary schools dire conditions aren’t dire anymore. Now the High School has dire problems. This situation reaffirms my belief the driving force behind these bond proposals is the desire to maintain the current millage rate, and need is the secondary reason. It also tells me a citizen committee is not the best way to determine needs in spite of their best efforts. Keep the bond proposals coming so as not to let the rate decrease.
Apparently, the belief is if the rate were to decrease the citizens of Duncan would let the school buildings collapse before they would approve a property tax increase. Your reasoning tells me you believe I probably will vote yes every time as long as it doesn’t increase my taxes Your reasoning is wrong. I vote yes or no on issues based on what I determine the merits to be.
The reasoning behind a bond proposal should be the determination of needs in the district and then presenting these needs to the public. I believe the needs should come from the school administration. This method might help produce a “needs” list rather than a “wish” list.
This current method seems to be calculating the amount of money that will be available by not letting the millage rate decrease and having a citizens committee determining how to spend the money. This puts the cart before the horse and is absolutely wrong.
You should have more faith in the citizens of Duncan taking care of their school properties.