Yes vote will make great school better [UPDATED]Published 4:15am Monday, May 13, 2013 Updated 6:18am Monday, May 13, 2013
Our farm was homesteaded in 1871 by Isaac and Jennalisa Larson. Their son, John, served on the school board of District 28 for many years; his son, Arthur, served 36 years on the school board for District 28; Karen served 18 years on the Rothsay District 850 school board and now our son, Chad, is serving on the school board.
Why have we all served on the school board? Because we supported public education and wanted our children to have the opportunity for the best education possible in our public schools.
Many things have changed since the first Larson children attended Dist. 28 and then Dist. 850. Our three children graduated from Rothsay and all received a well-rounded education and had the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities that helped them become successful adults.
Now six of our grandchildren are students in Rothsay and they too are benefiting from attending one of the top rated schools in the state.
One of the benefits of attending a school the size of Rothsay is the individual attention they receive.
Our oldest grandchild is graduating this year and because of her academic success, extra-curricular participation and community involvement has been accepted to the college of her choice and has been awarded scholarships.
As farmers we make an investment each year when we plant a crop and hope for a return on the investment.
As landowners we are going to be impacted by the increase in taxes to build the school but it’s an investment we’re willing to make for our community.
The return on investment will not be for our personal benefit but for the benefit of students and the community for many years to come.
Some would like to make the new school an issue of farmers against the town.
Don’t let that divide us because this is for our community.
The generations before us felt education was important and paid taxes to provide that education. Now it’s our turn to provide for the present students and the next generations to continue to be able to attend a school like Rothsay.
We support the building bond referendum vote because we feel it’s an investment in the future of Rothsay, the school and the students.
We may live on a farm but this is our community and we want the community to continue to thrive.
As Paul Harvey once said, “If you want to improve your community, start by improving your school.”
We have a good school system but let’s make it even better by building a facility that will provide the space and opportunities to keep up to the changing needs and technology. Vote “yes” on May 16.