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Invest in the future of our school district

To the Editor:
As everyone should know by now, there is a vote coming up in the near future regarding the future of our schools.
I am a member of the Glencoe-Silver Lake district advisory group. We are a group of citizens that meet a few times a year to discuss various items regarding the district. Our recent talks have certainly centered around the needs of the district.
I would like to urge everyone to get out and vote on May 12. This bond is an investment in our future. It is needed now. There are issues that need addressing now. Let’s not pass these issues off to our children; let’s instead invest in the children of the district. These kids are our future doctors who will care for us and our families, our future architects and contractors who will design and build our homes and businesses, our future mechanics who will keep our vehicles and equipment in safe order, our future farmers who will feed us and care for the land for future generations — the list could go on and on.
We were unable to pass a bond earlier. Since then, the plan has been scaled back, and is still more expensive that the original plan. As we progress in time, the costs will only go up, and the return on our dollar will lessen. The current plan is still able to address current issues, while attempting to spend the least amount possible.
I won’t go into the why too deeply; the information is out there, if you want to hear more. Mr. Sonju has made himself available in person, over the phone and via e-mail any time; he has gone out of his way to get the information out there. School board members are also happy to answer any questions there are.
In a nutshell: Helen Baker is antiquated and spending money on the building is not fiscally responsible. We would move all current Glencoe facilities to one campus, adding onto the buildings located on the high school site, on land already owned by the district, and Lakeside Elementary in Silver Lake would remain with the same grade levels. The bond has money set aside for Lakeside, to bring minor repairs up to date. Lakeside is the newest school in the district, is modern and will remain part of the district.
Please take the time out of your schedule to get out and vote. Your vote does matter. We are simply out of space, and our students deserve to have every opportunity possible while at the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District. We have a committed staff of educators and an outstanding administration, and every one of them cares about the students and wants them to get the best education possible.
If I can answer any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. If I don’t have the answer to your question, I’ll do my best to find it for you.
Thank you for your time.
Ryan Verdeck
Glencoe-Silver Lake
District Adivsory Group