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Opposed to resolution
I attended a MACCRAY school board meeting Oct. 14, 2013. The MACCRAY school board passed a resolution on a 5-1 vote authorizing a special election on Jan. 7, 2014, to put to the voters of School District 2180. The proposal is to pass a bonding bill for $20 million for the purpose of building a new elementary school in Clara City, then to close the elementary schools in Maynard and Raymond.
I am writing this letter in opposition to this resolution. My memories of Maynard, Clara City and Raymond working toward cooperation and collaboration agreement in 1989 climax with an agreement to consolidate as MACCRAY in 1994.
The Minnesota Department of Education was involved. Clara City was unable to continue because of debt and being in the red. Clara City was unable to pass a funding referendum. Maynard and Raymond each had a good financial fund balance. Because of Maynard’s and Raymond’s strong financial condition, all three schools were allowed to move forward with consolidation.
It was decided elementary schools stay in the towns of Maynard and Raymond. Maynard elementary students would go to Maynard school. Raymond elementary students would go to Raymond school. Clara City elementary students would be divided to Maynard and Raymond elementary schools. All high school students would go to Clara City. Maynard, Clara City and Raymond citizens bought into this agreement. Compromise was at work for this settlement.
Since 1994 the very rural edges of MACCRAY have been supportive for levy and funding requirements. Not only the rural, also the communities of Maynard and Raymond support the MACCRAY school system. They have been very committed to its success.
When we who are committed to our home towns Maynard and Raymond and then are told not to be so committed to our home towns and school, it does not fit very well. It alienates us from our support of the original agreement. We become uncomfortable and resist.
The agreement we put together in our consolidation was agreed by all three schools and it works well. Let’s bring our schools’ buildings up to code just like was done in Clara City in 2013 and move on. The end result will be compromise and we’ll keep our MACCRAY School District 2180 operating in peace.
—Kenneth F. Koenen
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