Letter to the Editor: Replacing the 1920s buildings
I worked as a primary teacher for 30 years in Sedalia retiring in the 1998-99 school year. I remember the many failed bond and levy issues trying to replace the Sedalia elementary schools that were built in the 1920s. In the late 80s Sedalia taxpayers stepped to the plate and voted to build two new elementary buildings and most recently a new high school. It is now 2014 and Marshall is still trying to get one elementary school to replace its 1920s buildings. Take a tour of these 90-plus-year-old buildings and the need is apparent. There will always be excuses. Some will say the plan is not right. Others will say it costs too much. Think about the Marshall community in the 1920s. It was probably not the best of times, but taxpayers were willing to vote for the future of their children and Marshall. I have lived in Marshall since 1979 and I am ready to vote and help pay for a new elementary school and the needed updates to our other facilities. Please join me in voting YES ON APRIL 8.
-- Rebecca Garst, Marshall
Retired educator and literacy coach
Missouri Reading Initiative