New plan must be drafted for solving school problem here|
The voters have spoken.
With a two-to-one defeat at the polls Tuesday, the idea of putting an elementary complex on the north side of the high school seems to be dead.
The referendum has been defeated three times and it seems that it is time for what we call “Plan B.” But unlike the single school concept, it has some substantial educational shortcomings.
Voters rejected the idea of bringing the students from the rural schools to Antigo for the single-school facility, but unfortunately in the process have set up difficult educational and social situations.
The rural schools will close at the end of this term. The school administration and the board of education have assured that.
But to make that work, the Antigo elementary schools will be filled to capacity and more. There may be need for mobile-home classrooms that are simply inefficient.
Even more serious, fourth grade students will be taken from those coddled elementary schools and placed into the hurdy-gurdy of the Middle School and the upperclassmen at that facility will be shifted to the high school.
None of those realities are satisfactory to students and the hundreds and hundreds of parents in the Antigo Unified School District.
So if those people who campaigned so vehemently against the new school concept have an idea for a different alternative, a “Plan C” so to speak, they should come forward at once.
When the students leave the door as the 2012-2013 term ends at Mattoon, Crestwood, Pleasant View and Spring Valley late this spring, it will be over.
And now that the plan to fix the problem has been soundly rejected, it is time to move on.