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Marshall School District outlines proposed referendum

October 18, 2013

MARSHALL — Some say it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to the education of children, that certainly seems to be the case, especially in the past decad....

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Oct-24-13 12:43 PM

He should have checked what school district the property was in before he bought it.

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Oct-24-13 9:27 AM

Per a previous Independent article, Willert attempted to have it annexed into the Marshall District after buying his property and it was denied. I believe he is in Lynd district. Poor planning on his part. Bad PR move!

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Oct-24-13 7:07 AM

Far be it from me to defend Klit, but if I'm not mistaken he does live in the district.

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Oct-21-13 3:49 PM

On that note, can anyoe think of or remember a superitendent that people actually liked? Don't get me wrong, Willert is a "treasure" to be sure, but many times people in this spot stay for a few years, then move on once their welcome has run out. It's the nature of the beast.

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Oct-20-13 9:58 PM

I agree with snowbird. Willert should live in the district. But this shows his lack of dedication. Marshall is just a stop for him. But no one else seems to want him and we get him. Don't feel real lucky.

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Oct-20-13 8:30 PM

Having it in odd years will result in a smaller turnout, a bigger percentage of which can be convinced with administrative spin. It is in the Marshall superintendent handbook. Look it up. Right after "say you will use the money for crippled kids, or safety." ("ooh, we want our kids to be safe")(a concerned look on the face of a manipulated voter)

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Oct-20-13 10:14 AM

Why does the voting always occur in odd years (not general election years)? And the next vote would magically be 4 years out, another odd year. Turn out is certainly less. Is that why they do it?

As I recall, voting on school referenda used to be in even years but they weren't getting the result they wanted. Another Willert scheme?

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Oct-20-13 7:33 AM

sumyoung you're right on. tell us exactly how much is being used for safety, technology, and specifically, how much they will use this money on remodeling their new site for MECLA, over at the old Shopko building.$400,000 per year for the next 4 years is a lot of money. I'm all for safety, but with technology today, they don't need to build new entry ways, doors etc. Lock the doors at 8:15, install cameras that everyone would have to use to gain entry into the buildings. Taxes may go down in 2014, but what about the years after? The current board needs to be replaced, and our superintendent needs to move and at least start paying taxes within the school district.

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Oct-19-13 1:14 PM

So, they want more money. What's new? If they want more money, do you think they will say we want more money? No. They will say "we want more money for whatever we think you voters are most likely to approve money for" (in this case they will ask for technology, and simply take more money, they will buy whatever technology they want whether or not it passes).

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Oct-19-13 11:27 AM

And another MMU rate increase on the way.

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Oct-19-13 11:12 AM

Drop the pointless testing and go back to a post Labor Day start and I might consider it. allenlyon made several valid points. As a teacher I wholeheartedly concur.

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Oct-19-13 9:56 AM

Years ago we got a better education with books and a blackboard.

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Oct-19-13 9:53 AM

This article fits more in the opinion/editorial sections than hard news.

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Oct-19-13 9:48 AM

It's hard to support all their referenda when they never get specific about what that means, especially regarding technology. We can only conclude they are worried that if they give us the full details, the public would not support it.

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Oct-18-13 12:59 PM

Get out your pocket books. And again...I do see the point that some families cannot afford but can they afford the increase of taxes? One way or another. I think our district needs to consider new leadership and a new board that won't be yes men!

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Oct-18-13 12:49 PM

allenlyon - and what of those few families that don't have the needed hardware - they fall even further behind their peers because their parents cannot afford to give them the latest ipad?

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Oct-18-13 9:33 AM

I formerly supported school tech investments, but now it seems the way to go is to ask students to provide their own technology and school provide the software needed. The great majority of kids have their own ipods, cell phones, ipads etc. . Dont buy any more hardware. Have families focus their e monies on things that will work with school, invest in software that will work. There are in actuality FEW families that will need hardware support. Observe how many kids have all these etoys/tools already. Kids are computer savvy already. They need to be people and nature savvy. No to tech spending that is out of date already before it is used.

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Oct-18-13 7:31 AM

What would life be like without yet another referendum in the Marshall School District? Board members and administrators may have a future in congress. Get out your wallets folks!

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