The Montevideo school district has recently held two community meetings to discuss the future of our schools.

 

The Montevideo school district has recently held two community meetings to discuss the future  of our schools. Two more are scheduled, with the next one being tonight (Thursday) at the senior high school cafeteria at 7 p.m.

This should be a very big deal to everybody in our community.  The listening sessions are for community members to comment and share ideas about the future of the district.

The district hired a consulting firm to gather input from administrators, staff, students, and members of the community and use that input to chart a course for the district to follow into the future.

You would think a lot of people would be interested in attending these meetings, but so far you’d be wrong. So far, those meetings have been met with apathy from the community. Very few people attended the first two meetings.

That is really sad and troubling.  These meetings are about this community’s children and their future.

If you have school age children, there is absolutely no excuse for you not to attend one of the final two meetings. Even if you don’t have children, or your children have graduated, there is still no excuse not to attend. It is your school district, and it is payed for by your taxes.

The future of Montevideo lies with the future of our children. A superior, well-run educational system is a big plus for our community, and if the district is seeking input about the schools, the community should darn well care enough to give it!

The school could simply do what they would like to do without consulting anybody, but they are giving all of us the opportunity to speak up and ask questions or give suggestions. The high school cafeteria should be packed with interested citizens at each of these meetings!

Let’s say the district is looking at building a new facility, say a new elementary school or an auditorium. Our current elementary schools and auditorium are old and outdated.

Don’t get me wrong; I love those buildings! I attended Ramsey and the old middle school, but like every other school that has ever existed in Montevideo, they have had their day.

At some point, sooner or later, those buildings will need to be replaced. They have served their purpose and done so very well.

If this community is to grow and prosper,  a vital and vibrant school district is a must. Whether it offers unique curriculum that keeps pace with an ever-changing technological society, or whether modern state-of-the-art facilities are built, our school district is an important part of the future of Montevideo.

With the special education school and the veterans home to be built in the near future, families will be moving to Montevideo as the jobs those projects will bring requires people to work them.

A forward thinking school district, along with affordable housing and good paying jobs, will attract people to our community. Those of us who are here now would do well to show a lot more interest in Montevideo’s future.