If you really get down to it, is preparing our children for higher education and being productive and responsible community citizens worth the price of a steak dinner?
Our two lower elementary facilities are 60 years old. They are in constant need of repair and the utility costs alone should prompt responsible administrators to look at a long-term strategy. If you have not been in one of them recently, make an appt and check them out. The inability to safely manage power needs in each classroom alone is a major issue. I could not plug in a hot plate in one classroom a few years ago without blowing a fuse. You need to run multiple extension cords because there are so few outlets.
If you have a child playing sports in the fall or the spring, you will notice a MAJOR problem with more children and more teams needing practice fields. It is wonderful to see over 100 children in Youth Football but yet they are scrambling to find a place to practice. In the Spring, Lacrosse has grown in popularity to the point that you will find teams crowded next to each other just to practice. Last year I witnessed girls and boys teams from 5th grade through High School all on the Middle School fields at the same time. It is a proven fact that being involved in a sport is key to good health and mental fitness as well as developing team and leadership skills.
It is our responsibility as members of the Spring Lake Community to provide an environment for our children that meets the physical and technological requirements to succeed as adults. Aging facilities only drain our strained budgets. I am looking at the next 50 years and what we have right now will not suffice. As a homeowner, I see that outdated educational facilities will just make our community less attractive to future buyers. This is an investment that affects everyone’s bottom line.
For the price of going out to dinner once or twice per year, the people of Spring Lake can do what is critical for the future of our children, our grandchildren, and our community. Please Vote YES for the School Bond.
— Wendy Swenson, Spring Lake