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Let voters decide on WCA school [UPDATED]

Published 10:39am Thursday, September 26, 2013 Updated 12:41pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

The upcoming referendum for the West Central Area School District will determine where residents in the district send their K-5 children to school. Students will either all move to West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett or a levy will have to be extended for 10 years.

This is a tough, emotional issue but also an important reason why to conduct a referendum. It is easy to see the positives and negatives to both sides of the issue, and it is rightly being decided by the residents in the school district.

The school is in favor of moving everything to Barrett and expanding the building, but it’s certainly understandable why many are opposed to this. It always affects a community when a school shuts down. The effects are felt economically, and the area is perceived to be less inviting to new residents. Many of the Elbow Lake parents who enjoy driving their children to school every morning will likely have to get moving earlier in the morning to send kids off on the bus.

Moving K-5 to Barrett wouldn’t be all bad, however. It would be significantly less expensive in the long run for the district to drop from three buildings to one. It would save on staffing and utilities, while simplifying bussing and other transportation.

There is a reason the school backs the plan to move everything to Barrett, but there is also a reason for pushback. This is a prime example of why a referendum can be a good thing.

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