Letter: Clintonville students need proposed new school

To the editor:

On April 4, you and I will have a decision to make. It will affect the lives of all the children that will be educated in the Clintonville Public School District for the next 20 years or more. We will be voting to build a new building for them or to work with what we’ve got now.

How they learn and what they learn in those 20 years will be affected by our votes. What do you want them to learn? What will they need to know to get a job 20 or 30 years from now?

When I think of how much our world has changed since I went to school, I consider myself fortunate to have found a job that I enjoyed. We want, for them, the same opportunities we had. We want them to be prepared for the world they will grow up in and raise children in. With how amazed I feel by the power of electronic communication in our world today, who can predict what these students will need?

At the very least, we can give them an adequate, comfortable building.

The citizens committee, called the Elementary Facilities Task Force, considered using the existing buildings, but they decided against it. The cost of improving the quality of the drinking water, getting enough heat and even heat to all the rooms, replacing inefficient windows and doors, making the building safer and more accessible, upgrading electronic and electrical wiring and lighting would be nearly as costly as a new building.

Further the existing building space is bigger than a new school would be. More space, more heat, more unused space.

I don’t know what the world is going to be like for students 20 or 30 years from now, but a new school will give Clintonville’s children an added opportunity to succeed in our expanding and ever-changing world.

Our vote on April 4 to build a new school will be a gift to children we cared for but will never know.

Chuck Manske,