To the editor:
I say taxpayers in USD 497 should be thankful for a school board that steps up to make use of our existing resources as opposed to demolishing our taxpayer-owned facilities.
Taxpayers should be thankful for a board that has taken the initiative to actually extend the life of taxpayer-owned facilities — as opposed to a board that wanted to tear down taxpayer buildings, then build giant new buildings at taxpayer expense that would facilitate a less than desirable learning experience.
Neighborhood schools help keep neighborhoods alive and active. Good job, school board. Rehab and reuse is fiscally responsible.
Public education keeps our tax dollars coming home to help generate economic growth that generates local employment.