It is time to think about our children in this town. Our students need to be able to learn and thrive in our local schools. We want them to perform at their best academically.
Dear Citizens of El Dorado,
It is time to think about our children in this town. Our students need to be able to learn and thrive in our local schools. We want them to perform at their best academically. We want them to have a comfortable place to learn. We want them all to be in the main school buildings and not in mobiles separated from the rest of the school. As parents of three students in the El Dorado School system, we support the bond issue. And yes, as taxpayers we support the bond issue. If we want this community that we love so much to grow and thrive, we need to have pride in our schools. Our middle school is a representation of our town to visitors that come for sporting events. From the outside, it is a beautiful, historical building. On closer inspection, it is dated and ill fitted to support the educational needs of our students growing up during this technological age. There is not enough space, and the wiring is not suited for the computers and other equipment needed to keep up with today’s education. The heating and air conditioning systems are loud and inefficient. A teacher on the third floor may have an 80 degree classroom during the coldest part of winter. In the summer, window air conditioners force teachers to choose between a comfortable temperature or being heard by the students they wish to teach. Most of the windows don’t open, and those that do are a danger to anyone nearby. In all of the schools, classrooms are crowded, and there are spaces used as classrooms that were never designed to be. Last winter I visited my boys’ elementary school and a teacher was having to test students in the un-heated supply closet.
I know that there are people against building a new middle school because of the historical significance of the current building. The school district has already made clear that the building will not be torn down. It will be put to good use. Others are against the bond issue because of the tax cost. A family with a $100,000 house would pay only $8.59 a month, the cost of one medium pizza. This is not a great sacrifice for the education and safety of our young people, and the growth of our town.
We are always trying to bring people into El Dorado. Any family with young children will look into our school systems. They could likely choose another community with better facilities. I know as a mother, I do not like having my 7 year old son in a mobile classroom. If he needs to go to the main building, he has to wait for someone to unlock the door for him. If severe weather hits, they would be stuck in that little building, or would have to go outside and wait for their teacher to unlock the door of the main school for them to seek shelter. I want what is best for our students and our community, and I believe most people in this town do as well. Vote yes on Nov. 2 for our children, for our schools and for our future.
Rod and Laura Luehrs