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Dana Larsen

OA-BCIG: forgot to ask the kids

Posted Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 12:08 PM
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  • What the kids and some adults may not realize is that funding is also an issue. Plus, BCIG has built onto their elementary school, which they owe on and why should OA knowingly consolidate as that would increase their taxes. Plus, BCIG already has plans for improvement if this had gone through. This is what the kids may not understand. I think the adults and parents don't want the sharing agreement to be dismissed, but continue as is. I just think that OA parents and adults don't want to see the Odebolt building and the use of their facility go to waste while Ida Grove has "everything" there. I would be all for consolidation, if they would be sharing facilities and not just everything in Ida Grove. I think those from Battle Creek learned the hard way as Ida Grove promised them things as well and looked what happened to them. Nothing is in Battle Creek any more and I don't think they want the same thing to happen to Odebolt. It isn't just the funding, but the Odebolt School building and other facilities there as well.

    -- Posted by formerOAgrad on Thu, Sep 22, 2016, at 6:15 PM
  • I think the students wanted everyone to see beyond the differences the communities have and look at how well combining the two districts has been. The students have thrived and for the most part the communities have joined to encourage the students in all activities. Closing the Battle Creek building was a business decision probably on the same order the closing the Arthur building was. The Odebolt building is filled to capacity so not sure what would be done with all those students if the building was closed. Any "plans" the BCIG has would have to be approved by the community so it would be a little difficult to try to do something that was not in the best interest of the students. Of course, I am an implant, so did not go to school in either district and maybe can see more clearly than some of those with strong ties to one district or the other.

    -- Posted by BCIG implant on Thu, Sep 22, 2016, at 9:20 PM
  • Comments from people like formerOAgrad is why this didn't pass. Everything they state is a lie and just used to put fear in people to vote no. Those from Battle Creek learned the hard way? That clousure was done so we could do whole grade sharing with you! To use that as an excuse to vote no is just pathetic. Educate yourself before spitting out the same old lies. How about the residents of Arthur? Did they learn the hard way when Odebolt closed their school down? At this point you'd better start working together for what's best for the kids or you'll be without that school way sooner than you ever imagined and you won't have BCIG to blame with your lies.

    -- Posted by Pff on Fri, Sep 23, 2016, at 9:25 AM
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