To the editor:
As a taxpayer in the Lynd School District, and a parent of a special needs child who is enrolled in Lynd Public School, I encourage the voters of the district to take a look at the big picture and look to the future. First of all, I don't believe the public realizes that roughly $4 million dollars will be spent WITHOUT a vote. This is money needed to address health and safety issues, as mandated by the State. If the vote doesn't pass, you will still see an increase in your taxes.
I have personally toured the Lynd School from top to bottom, literally. I must admit that I was shocked at how much the building is deteriorating. The repairs that are necessary, are just that - repairs. No real updating will be done. Now, look down the road five years. The old building is still just an old building. The legislators have been at work, ensuring every child in the state of Minnesota is educated in the safest environment possible. More updates are needed, possibly to the tune of another $4 million. That, too, will happen without a vote!
So, the real question is, do we invest in the future or keep dumping money into an old, old building? I know my daughter will still receive top-of-the-line education, regardless. She doesn't need a new building to meet her educational needs. She needs the outstanding teaching staff and administration at Lynd School to help her achieve success in the future. Consolidation with Marshall is a non-issue, and shouldn't even be a consideration when going to vote. Lynd School is doing great things with kids that would otherwise be lost in a classroom of 40 students, my daughter included. Lynd School is not closing and will not be consolidating.
My over-simplified view is this: invest in a new building, or continue pumping money down a hole. The hole is deep, and will require subsequent filling - that is a guarantee!