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Letters to the Editor

Referendum is about ‘future of our schools’

The board of education of the Amboy School District has voted to place a $15.8 million general obligation bond question on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

This is a necessary investment to provide high-quality education to our students and a good work environment for our teachers and staff. The same question was included on the March 20 ballot.

Although we are asking voters to approve $15.8 million; the cost of the project now has risen to $17.3 million. Any delay in construction, the more we will pay. After evaluating the district’s finances, we pledge up to $2 million to the project. Those funds would have been spent on maintenance around the district, but are now designated for the junior high.

The cost of maintenance and required improvements at all three school buildings continues to increase. Upgrading the junior high’s windows, doors and floors will cost $10 million or more. Applying expensive band-aids to reoccurring issues is not fiscally responsible.

Leading this discussion is 272 KIDS. Seek them out. Engage in constructive conversation about the future of our schools.

On the surface, this seems to be just about brick and mortar; however, this is about the future of our communities.

Note to readers: Others joining Pratt in signing this letter are Amboy School Board members Nathan Hummel, Nicole Jones, Jason Leffelman, Elsa Payne, Carol Schnaiter and Nichole Stenzel.

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