I think the school board should hire Harry Potter as the next superintendent because it's going to take a wizard to run a school district this size with no principals, no assistant principals, no administrative staff, limited programming, a handful of teachers, no funding and an overabundance of ignorant vocal naysayers intent on publicly micromanaging every detail of the district's day-to-day operations.
It doesn't figure
The economy is tough for everyone but especially college students like myself who only make about $6,000 a year. Most of the money I earn at my job goes toward my college expenses and gas. I was denied financial assistance and didn't get a dime from the government. I guess according to them I make too much money along with my parents who have a combined annual income of $36,000. It's ironic the government won't help me, but if you have kids before you graduate and want to later pursue a college education, they'll give you a check.
It's the law
On Monday I had the opportunity to follow two trucks with trailers that had no lights hooked up. One trailer I followed was on the congested Washington Street. These people are asking to be rear-ended and the people following them are going to get damage to their vehicle, thanks to inconsiderate you, too. For you people taking their trailers on the road, make them legal before you go on the road; it's the law.
I think it's a bit scary biking or walking in the woods on some of the trails. I would prefer the investment in sidewalks in Baxter neighborhoods where my kids and I can walk and they can ride their bicycles. It's great if the trail is in your backyard, but after riding miles through busy streets to get to a trail, we're tired and have to turn around and go home.
Asset, not drawback
Having family employed by the school district says there's a strong tradition of public service in one's roots rather than nepotism. I believe an internal candidate who has personal ties to buildings within the district would be an asset, rather than a drawback. What better way to have your finger on the pulse of the people in a job that often requires the superintendent be chained to his desk working on reducing the budget, as our own district has experienced? All candidates should be given an equal opportunity for this position by both the school board and the community.
I think the signs near the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Riverside Drive need to emphasize that you do not have to merge with traffic heading south on Riverside. Most mornings as I come down Riverside I see someone sitting at the Beaver Dam Road stop sign and causing people to pile up behind them as they needlessly wait for an opening.
Wasn't about taxes
In Thursday's Vox Pop, to the person who wrote "Get with it," I didn't say that I was at the post office standing in line for 20 minutes to do my taxes. I didn't say anything about my taxes. I waited in line to buy some stamps because the stamp machine was not in the lobby. They took it out of the lobby. Whoever wrote this article, "Get with it," should do your taxes on the same day. I don't know why you were so darned concerned about what I wrote.
Why aren't we?
Why are we funding all-day, everyday kindergarten at any of our elementary schools? It is not required, andm like Ruth Nelson (said), it is better to fund smaller class sizes or classes needed in the middle school/high school. The community referendum (was rejected) because of the unnecessary funding of programs like all-day, everyday kindergarten. School districts in the Twin Cities charge parents a fee for all-day kindergarten, why aren't we?
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