Village to Vote on Its High School

Village to Vote on Its High School

There are 26 comments on the WICD story from Jan 18, 2011, titled Village to Vote on Its High School. In it, WICD reports that:

This village could go back to having it's own high school. A referendum on re-activating the high school will appear on the April 5 ballot.

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Taxed to the max already

Danville, IL

#21 Apr 3, 2011
Geno wrote:
Until I attended the last public meeting, I was not in favor of voting yes for re-activation. HOWEVER I found this vote allows the school board the option to re-activate IF it can offer comparable curriculam AND do it for the same money we are spending now. If this goes over the current budget, the board will HAVE to come back to the voters for any tax hike. IT IS NOT A GIVEN THAT THEY WIlL RE-ACTIVATE. I will vote yes to allow the board to continue their research to determine exactly if this is feasable. BHHS is no longer offering a discount to us and we ARE paying more! So lets vote yes for now, lets allow the board to learn gather more information, and who knows, maybe the Wind Farm Project will be up and running next year. This would be a HUGE source for revenue. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BY VOTING YES!
PS; The high school building will cost tax payers as much to tear down as it would cost save.
So, you honestly think that the BOE has put up this referendum, but when they finally get the information they should have had from the start, they may not vote to reactivate? Really? Why not have the advisory option on the referendum, instead, then? That way, there would be time to gather more data, and the voters would still have the authority. However, this binding referendum turns control to the BOE after the vote on Tuesday, no matter what. Why would they possibly need to hurry up this vote unless they had plans to reactivate all along? You do have something to lose - taxes, and when that comes for a vote and doesn't pass, then the school will close down completely...no grade school OR high school. Even schools fairly financially stable right now are entertaining a possible tax hike. It's not about the initial opening of the high school, it's about what will happen several years down the road. Do you realize how long it takes to get a wind farm up and running, even if it were approved tomorrow? Years and years. Why would anyone want to spend the money to tear down the building? I appreciate your opinion, because everyone definitely has a right to one. However, I hope your eyes are open and you realize the potential for disaster here.
susie

Tilton, IL

#22 Apr 4, 2011
this is just my opinion and i do not live in the rossiville area, not looking to offend anyone or upset but speaking from experience, Hoopeston is nothing more then a kid factory, they pull in all surrounding small schools around them that dont have the numbers or the support of their town to keep goin. If your one of the consolidated schools that goes there you never really feel like you are apart of the school. some of you worry about the extra curricular things..well plan on spending tons of money on gas getting them back and forth, i know for a fact they do not provide buses for the kids that live in the Rankin area that are in band, sports etc. Once you lose your high school its only a matter of time before the grade school is gone and if you want to know what your nice little town will look like in about tens years..just take a drive through Rankin, its very sad! good luck to you all..
Taxed to the max already

Danville, IL

#23 Apr 4, 2011
susie wrote:
this is just my opinion and i do not live in the rossiville area, not looking to offend anyone or upset but speaking from experience, Hoopeston is nothing more then a kid factory, they pull in all surrounding small schools around them that dont have the numbers or the support of their town to keep goin. If your one of the consolidated schools that goes there you never really feel like you are apart of the school. some of you worry about the extra curricular things..well plan on spending tons of money on gas getting them back and forth, i know for a fact they do not provide buses for the kids that live in the Rankin area that are in band, sports etc. Once you lose your high school its only a matter of time before the grade school is gone and if you want to know what your nice little town will look like in about tens years..just take a drive through Rankin, its very sad! good luck to you all..
I think it's fair to say that many people feel emotions when it comes to their own experiences with school. The nice thing about the current set up is that students and families have a CHOICE where to send their students. If the reactivation goes through, the high school AND the grade school will be closed in two years. People seem to be making their choices on their own personal emotions, which is understandable, but you have to look past those things sometimes and look at the numbers. Fact: If the reactivation vote goes through, the BOE WILL vote to re-open the high school, no matter what. What other choice would they have? To admit they spent $30,000, voters time and money, and then decided not to open? Won't happen. Guaranteed. The slanderous flyer that was stuck in people's doors this weekend that disputed the consultants figures is typical of the mindset of individuals who would play roulette with people's lives. Thirty thousand dollars could have done the grade school a lot of good. Because the consultants (educated men) didn't come up with the "right figures," someone thought it would be wise to dispute the figures right before the election. Really? How about having all your facts together before you EVER involve the good people of Rossville and THEN present the options to them. The BOE is very sly in the way the referendum is worded...they have absolute power once the reactivation vote goes through. People think they have a say after tomorrow...they don't. People have already begun looking for housing in areas outside Rossville. I hope it doesn't come to what seems to be the obvious result...the dried up town of Rankin..Rossville's going to be just a bump in the road if the reactivation goes through.
anotherperson

Danville, IL

#24 Apr 11, 2011
I voted for the H.S. to close when we had the option, or pay $7,000 in tuition for my kids to attend Bismarck. Now I have a smaller child in Rossville Grade School and It would be easier to have the H.S. open again but as far as taxes~ I'm tapped! Ive never paid such high taxes anyplace I've ever lived. I think that if you want the school to reopen, that's fine...everyone has their own openion! It seems to always be something making our taxes go up. we can't afford any house up keep due to rising taxes. When the older people vote, they will vote yes~ their taxes are froze. Which leaves us to pay for their vote. As far as education... we should have the option to home school (without paying school tax)1700 of my taxes go to the school already.... times that by everyone in town! Just a thought~ some of us cannot afford this. That's the bottom line.
Taxed to the max already

Danville, IL

#25 Apr 27, 2011
anotherperson wrote:
I voted for the H.S. to close when we had the option, or pay $7,000 in tuition for my kids to attend Bismarck. Now I have a smaller child in Rossville Grade School and It would be easier to have the H.S. open again but as far as taxes~ I'm tapped! Ive never paid such high taxes anyplace I've ever lived. I think that if you want the school to reopen, that's fine...everyone has their own openion! It seems to always be something making our taxes go up. we can't afford any house up keep due to rising taxes. When the older people vote, they will vote yes~ their taxes are froze. Which leaves us to pay for their vote. As far as education... we should have the option to home school (without paying school tax)1700 of my taxes go to the school already.... times that by everyone in town! Just a thought~ some of us cannot afford this. That's the bottom line.
So, how does the potential closing of ConAgra affect the possibility of Rossville High School's reactivation? Is there any financial impact there? I wonder if those from ConAgra will be able to find positions when FulFill in the Henning area expands its business.
just a thought

Frisco, TX

#26 Apr 28, 2011
Taxed to the max already wrote:
<quoted text>So, how does the potential closing of ConAgra affect the possibility of Rossville High School's reactivation? Is there any financial impact there? I wonder if those from ConAgra will be able to find positions when FulFill in the Henning area expands its business.
its my understanding that some of the displaced workers at conagra will be placed in the jobs at fulfill. however i am sure they wont be drawing the same pay. they will more than likely start at the bottom and have to work their way up. but with conagra pulling out of town could this also mean people will once again be moving out of district to be closer to work? i mean those workers forced to go that are able to just drive to henning for work will be ok, but what if some apply and get on at kik? will they move to the tilton/westville area to reside with gas being $4.09 a gal? i think the school board members need to look at the big picture here! its dream....

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