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Letter: Mott-Regent school vote a decision for generations

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There has been a lot of discussion in the communities of Mott and Regent the past year over the prospect of a new school.

Everybody realizes that something needs to be done. The elementary was finished in 1910, old high school in 1929 and new high school in 1964. As a 100-year-old structure, it has served its purpose. When do we as a school district make the decision to stop sticking money into an ever-aging structure and invest into the future of our school district?

The school board is elected from the residents of the school district for two reasons. To ensure that our students get a quality education in a safe environment and to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.

A new school on a new site solves issues with ease of accessibility, security, green space, parking and a myriad of other things we want for the current and future youth of our school district.

If we were to replace just the elementary, all the figures point to that costing $6.5-7.1 million. Once that project was paid for, we would be back looking at doing the old high school. In 10 years, a contractor could be substantially more expensive. Interest rates will likely be higher. Do we as a district want to be faced with a major school project every decade or do we build now, and get 60-plus years out of our next structure?

There are only a few times a generation that the needs of a community and the ability to meet those needs cross. We have a school structure that is in need of replacement and we are in an economic climate where we can meet that need.

An increase in taxes is never something to be taken lightly. We pay taxes for those things we deem “essential” to our way of life. Our school structure is old and requires increasing maintenance every year with no end in sight. Is a school that provides for the youth of our district not essential?

On May 20, that is what will be on the ballot in front of you. Do you feel we have reached that crossroads in our generation, where we have a need for a school that will span several generations and that we have the means, the understanding, and the willingness to meet that need as a district?

Lucas Greff,

Mott

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