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Thank you for your input. -12 Vote up Vote down just me · 328 weeks ago Looks like to me the FEMA shelters are the lower cost of this 11 million. All the other crap was added on like they do in Washington DC. It doesn’t look like any money was in the budget for upkeep of buildings. There are 2 no votes in this house so far. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down MJE · 328 weeks ago Wellington voters, I hope you’re paying attention. Does the school board sincerely thinks we’re a bunch of idiots who’ll be “confused” by voting separately for the aux gym and the shelter/safety issue? Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 328 weeks ago This project started out as a great idea. Then somehow it became a wish list. We do need a pratice gym at the middle school. We also need the parking lot addressed. Maybe the City of Wellington should pitch in on that parking lot for all the stuff that they have used it for in the past. Circus and the carnival…but new roofs, bleachers, entry ways and so forth. Newberry has the right idea. Why not ask for it all but give the voters a chance to give you less. Maybe instead of the Cadi you get a Ford/Chevy. We need to come together and solve this issue but that takes a little give and take from both sides. Including the other board members, the new kid on the board has a good idea listen to him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Oh Dear · 328 weeks ago My vote would have been no. Now it will be no and no. I see no reason to waste 11 million dollars on this town. “If you build it, they will come” is good in theory but how many times are they going to try this? And if the town votes no, how many more times will we have to vote no again. Boards and councils do not care what we do or do not want. So I’ll go vote no. But the vote is for show. . Do we have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan? If not, why? Has anyone even applied for federal FEMA funding?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Taylor · 328 weeks ago You are human that’s why you are an idiot…also up keep? Replacing a roof, remodeling, mechanical upgrades not cheep. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Lovin Wellington · 328 weeks ago Oh lordy. Anybody read cballs story? 5 dollars a year 4 a gymnasium? I think we can afford that. people wake up and mak Wellington grow. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 328 weeks ago Shogren suggested a group of 14 to 20 people should get together and start organizing a grassroots effort with brochures, yard signs and people going door to door. The board agreed to meet this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. Sorry, but this would NOT be a “grassroots” effort. Not when it’s set up by the board. Sorry, but it would be called a “propaganda” machine. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 328 weeks ago I will vote YES! There is no price I wouldn’t pay to help keep our children safe! Think about that next time you decide to go out to eat or buy a pack of cigarettes! Report Reply 2 replies · active 328 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Redress · 328 weeks ago I don’t see a thing wrong with all the upgrades needed for our schools. Wellington complains about not the kids not getting educated now you don’t want them to be safe. All the upgrades I read are warranted to me. Suck it up and vote yes. Report Reply 11 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 328 weeks ago I am also a parent who places more emphasis on education than sports and yes, it is embarrassing. When our facilities continue to become more and more outdated as every other district around us continues to make improvements, I find that sad and embarrassing. Our board is attempting to make an update, which will cost us a minimal amount of money each month, yet people just find a way to turn it into something negative. I also happen to have a child who is active in drama. They have a beautiful stage and auditorium to perform on. Would I like to see more money given to their program? Of course, but at least they have an updated facility to meet their needs. Let’s keep this in perspective. Report Reply 3 replies · active 328 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Sometimes the biggest source of action in a meeting is when a motion is never made.So was the case with the Wellington School Board Thursday night in a special meeting at the USD 353 Administrative Building. The board discussed but never took action of separating the proposed “Safe and Secure Schools” bond proposal which will go to USD 353 voters on June 24 into two parts (see scope of the project here:Â Wellington School District Scope of Work Zoom in on your monitor for detailed plans).The dilemma Thursday was whether to separate the question of building an auxiliary middle school gymnasium from the other proposals in the bond election.USD 353 voters will be asked whether or not to approve a 2.6 mill increase to build a tornado shelter at Eisenhower Elementary and Roosevelt Schools, as well as putting in security issues, new roofs and a middle school parking lot (see full details below). The proposed project is valued at $11,434,810.The board voted to hold a special election at its March meeting.Board member Jason Newberry said he has heard from many people who told them they would vote â€œnoâ€ just because the auxiliary gym is on the ballot. His fear was that the gym proposal would bring down the rest of the question to defeat.He proposed that USD 353 voters could vote on two proposals: 1) for the safety rooms and other improvements, and 2) the auxiliary gym.After discussion the board said having two questions on the ballot would bring about confusion, and that the auxiliary gym is not a big enough expense to the overall scope of the bond proposal that it needs separating.â€œYou are talking about 50 cents a month or $5 a year on a $100,000 house,â€ said Steve Shogren, finance adviser for the bond proposal about the auxiliary gym alone.Board member Bob White said the auxiliary gym was included in the ballot question because it helped Wellington Middle School administrators loosen up the schedule for various physical education courses. Wellington was also the only school in the Pioneer League that does not have two gyms, thus several games were WMS games were canceled when Wellington was at home. It also added a much needed practice gym especially with the Wellington Junior High gymnasium possibly no longer available and considered unsafe. Also an added auxiliary gym would keep the students constrained in the middle school building as opposed to walking to the junior high building where they tended to get in trouble.â€œI didnâ€™t realize there was a need for an auxiliary gym, until it was brought to my attention by the site councils, who were adamant we needed one,â€ said Angie Ratcliff, Wellington board member. â€œYou are going to spend more money on one visit at a Sonic Drive Thru than you will pay on that gym in a year’s time.â€Shogren warned that placing two questions on the ballot would only add confusion to the voters. People would think of the two questions as either-or instead of a combination proposal. Oftentimes, one proposed question starts becoming competition with the other.â€œItâ€™s been done elsewhere and it hasnâ€™t always worked out,â€ Shogren said. â€œYou will oftentimes see the more popular question (of the two) losing momentum because some people like the other question better.â€Wellington board president Jackie Berryman said she has not heard anyone personally complain to her about a proposed gym.Newberry, later in the discussion, admitted that the complaints of the gym were prevalent at the beginning when the bond proposal was initially proposed, but not so much lately.When Berryman asked if there was a motion on the floor, nobody made one after a moment of silence.The rest of the discussion was how to sell the proposal to the public. The administrators have been speaking to various civic groups and a presentation is available on local access cable channel 55.Shogren suggested a group of 14 to 20 people should get together and start organizing a grassroots effort with brochures, yard signs and people going door to door. The board agreed to meet this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.The overall proposal includes:Eisenhower ElementaryÂ â€¢New FEMA shelterâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Masonry Restorationâ€¢New windows in officeâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Mechanical system upgrades.Washington Elementaryâ€¢Security Vestibules on East and west entries.â€¢Replace roof.Roosevelt Alternative Schoolâ€¢New FEMA Shelterâ€¢Security Vestibules at East and west entriesâ€¢Replace roof.Lincoln Elementaryâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodel.Wellington Middle Schoolâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Replace asphalt parking lotâ€¢Add air conditioning to gymâ€¢Replacing lighting in gymâ€¢Replacing bleachers in gymâ€¢New auxiliary gym, locks and connecting corridor.Wellington High Schoolâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodel.Kennedy Elementaryâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Masonry restorationâ€¢New windows in officeâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Mechanical system upgradeâ€¢New classrooms to replace portable classrooms.Follow us on Twitter.