DL News Staff
As a lifelong resident of the Lake Park-Audubon community, I am very concerned about the vote on May 25. I truly believe this vote is huge in terms of the future of our school district and our communities. I am not only a lifelong resident, but also a staff member and parent of the LP-A district. I am so proud to be a Raider. We have awesome students and a great staff here. My heart breaks when I think about the possibility of the vote not passing. I know that if the vote does not pass, the future of our district and ultimately our communities is in major jeopardy.
A recent publication by one of the columnists bashing the Detroit Lakes High School Post Prom had left many people upset after what this individual had written. I myself had attended both Prom and Post Prom. I enjoyed both events. The teacher skits were created to have entertainment and were not meant for anything but entertainment. The skits had involved teachers and a local police officer, Officer Shroyer, who we see in the everyday school setting, but were for pure entertainment purposes. The band was a student band from the high school.
I'm writing this letter to make some points that didn't get in the article I wrote in the April 25th paper. I stated in that article that the Reservation Business Committee (RBC) now requires the people to put in a request a week ahead of time to be heard at the next RBC meeting. This gives her (Erma) time to hand pick who will be allowed to speak and what questions they can ask. After all that, if you're chosen you get three minutes. Just don't ask a question that calls for accountability, because you will be out of order.
One more time the voters of Lake Park-Audubon go to the polls to tell the School Board and Superintendent that the majority of school district residents do not want this $21,000,000 School Bond. Supt. Hogie and the School Board paint gloom and doom scenarios that can only be fixed with this bond's passage. What they are not considering is a declining school enrollment each year. In the last 10 years, enrollment has declined by 126 students, with nothing to indicate that will change in the future.
Regarding the pre-election yellow fact sheet paid for by the informed taxpayers group. Once again the yellow cowards are publishing statements and questions with no truthful backup facts or figures. The statement (not allowed to vote on repairs and not owe a dime) needs an explanation. I know a few business owners and others who belong to the group. I do not understand their negative attitude. They have expensive homes located in town and on the lakes, including all the toys, many cars, trucks, and watercraft but don't want their taxes to go up.
For several weeks now I have been hearing and reading about many issues relating to the Frazee School District. These issues go from teacher contract negotiations to spending of district money, neglecting to inform the public about what is going on, etc. Trying to get clear concise answers to any of the above seems to be quite challenging to say the least. It appears that there wasn't any valid reason for the teacher negotiations to go on for the length of time that they did. No reason it would seem, unless it's what Mr.
Prayer is and has been an important part of America's history, reflecting the faith of our founding fathers. Dependence on God has provided a bedrock of faith on which the United States was founded and which still operates today. Actually, it predates our Constitution. The Continental Congress called for a day of prayer in 1776. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote these words, "that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." His prayers had a profound influence on the period of history when in 1863 the Civil War had gone on for two years.
It's hard to believe we have to talk about this again. As a former LP-A High School student, I can recall the days of the consolidation with great apprehension and triumph. It took so much time and effort from the whole community to show how much we love our school, our kids, and teachers. Over a decade later, we find ourselves trying to overcome another obstacle -- improving our facilities. Our schools are deteriorating, outdated and need more than repairing. People around the area must read the papers and hear new stories relating to LP-A and wonder, why can't LP-A get it together?
The students and staff of the LP-A High School are having a busy spring. 1. At the recent sports award banquet, it was announced that an amazing 56 percent of the high school students are involved with at least one sport. The number of students involved with extracurricular activities is even higher when you add music, drama, FCCLA, and a number of other activities. 2. The high school band recently held another innovative, entertaining spring concert, which along with the choir department displays the strength of the performing arts programs in LP-A. 3.
For any community to thrive it must have creative, capable, contributing members. As we work toward a prosperous future economy for Minnesota communities, where do we look to find those citizens who will contribute to the creation of this prosperity? We will look to today's children. Child development is a foundation for community and economic development. As children grow, the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Brains are built from the bottom up, one skill builds upon another.