Happy Friday All. Here’s to another Friday. I hope the week has been good to you. We’ve had illness, hurricane force winds and now freezing temps. We had snow on Wed morning. It didn’t stick and it was pretty. It’s supposed to be nice for the weekend and Halloween so that’s good. I like it when it’s nice for the kids. My brother is coming up tomorrow. We bought a beef and he’s coming to pick up his quarter. I’m not sure if golfing will be involved or not. I guess we’ll see how cold it gets on Saturday.
The only thing that’s gotten me down this week is facing the election next Tues. I feel sick about my town and our school. Sometimes I really wonder about people. If our school levy doesn’t pass this time, our school will close in 5 years which means that my granddaughter and grandson will have to go to a different school. Trinity just started trumpet and if she wants to continue to play, she’ll have to switch schools earlier rather than later or she won’t get to play. There won’t be band next year without this levy passing. There will only be the bare minimum until the closing. I’m not sure what this town is thinking. Every other town around us is dead. We have Kingston and South Haven and neither of them have a school and both of them are not what I’d even call a town. South Haven more so only because it has 2 bars, a restaurant, post office and a glorified mini mart/gas station. There may be a church or 2 in there but I’m not sure. The point is, there’s nothing there. Kingston had a mini mart but it died last year.
My nearest town Kimball, where the school is, is slowly dying and it really makes me sad. We moved here and bought this house 15 years ago because we loved the town and I think what makes me the saddest is the attitude of people who don’t have kids in school. They just think it doesn’t affect them but who do they think will pay for “our” kids to go somewhere else? Someone will have to pay for the re-zoning and busing as well as the additional cost of our kids having to travel to a neighboring town to go to school. Do people really think if they don’t vote to pass this that’s it’s going to be the cheapest thing for them? Everyone will be paying more and not less. And the “more” won’t be in their own town it will be spent on a neighboring town so “our” kids can use their school. In the case of Eden Valley Watkins and Annandale, this kind of a burden will mean they’ll need new high schools in the next few years so you’ll be paying towards a school not even in your own town.
It’s not a lot of money either. I’m not getting into that part but with a $150.000 home, your increase would be $88 a year. What you’d pay for a family to eat out at nice restaurant ONCE. It’s not even like it’s a lot of money. That’s what I really don’t get.
The other thing that bothers me is that I care this much. I didn’t go to Kimball and I don’t have kids in Kimball. But I care about the small town. I love it. The grocery store is already almost dead. There are a few churches, three bars, a bowling alley, a butcher shop and a few other places but it will all slowly die with no school. The library will close and slowly so will all the other business’s. Young people surely aren’t going to move to a nice small town where there is no school never mind the young people who have settled here because they grew up here and wanted the same small town life for their kids. How will they unload their houses. A lot of Sue’s friends have already discussed this issue. They won’t want to stay here with no school but how will they sell their house?
Trinity and Christopher already spend almost an hour on the bus now. I can’t even imagine them going to St. Cloud or any of the neighboring towns. Even if you have open enrollment for your kids, you still have to pay your towns property tax’s and they don’t ask you if you have kids or not. What it costs “extra” to send these kids somewhere else will be there and not “free” like some people think. Do you think all the other towns around us are going to say “gee, Kimball, you don’t want to pay for your kids to go to school, COME ON OVER AND USE OURS.” I don’t see that happening and I wish someone would make sense of this to these people.
I won’t even begin to tell you what I’d have been doing if Jason and Toby went to this school. I’d be fighting really hard and not just sitting here feeling bad because I believe the school is such an important part of a town’s life. It keeps everyone close. There won’t be the activities in the gym like volleyball and business expo’s in the building and no pancake breakfasts. It will cost too much money to open these schools for “one time only” deals. Just what does the town expect to do with these 2 buildings?
It also really bothers me is that this is getting almost no attention. Read what this woman wrote. I never saw this letter. I never got phone calls asking me to vote yes or to attend meetings. Every person in the school district was supposed to get the newspaper that outlined all of this but I didn’t get one and neither did my hair stylist. She’s also just sick over this. I guess if the people who’ve grown up here and wanted to raise their kids here don’t care, why should I? My hair stylist believes like the woman who wrote that letter. She thinks people see the school opening and closing each year and they don’t think “they mean it” and when they realize the school will close “for real,” it’s going to be too late.
I can’t leave it like that and say I don’t care because I do. I care about the town. I love small towns and I hate to see them die like this with all the young people leaving and old people shriveling up and dying.
When I go to the school for something, I always go to the butcher shop and stop at the store and do a few other things but without the school, I’ll go to Annandale.
I’m so sorry. I wasn’t going to write about that but it’s been really bothering me and it just came out.
How was your week and what do you have planned for the weekend.