The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 9, 2013

Letter: Vote ‘yes’

ENID, Okla. — I had the privilege of serving as superintendent of Kremlin-Hillsdale Schools from 2006-12.

Early in my tenure, my school board members and I had several discussions about building a new high school building.

Our first priority, however, was to address some needs of our existing facilities, namely putting a pitched metal roof on our flat-roofed elementary school, which was constructed in 1980.

Our patrons overwhelmingly supported the bond issue for the new roof, and we not only addressed the leading roof problem but our facility took on a new, modern appearance and is a source of pride in our community.

The school board considered calling for a bond issue two years ago to build the new high school but decided against it for two reasons.

First, we were in the middle of a drought and because of concern for our landowners, who would be more affected by an increase in property taxes, we didn’t think the timing was right.

Secondly, we knew part of a wind farm was going to be constructed in our school district and once the turbines were placed on the tax rolls over landowners would have to carry less of the burden. The timing is more favorable now.

No reasonable person can argue that our students don’t deserve a better facility than we currently have.

Other comparable sized farming communities in Garfield County, namely Garber, Drummond, Waukomis and Cimarron, have approved similar sized bond issues in recent years to provide modern facilities for their students.

Our current facility does not reflect the value the majority of people in our community place on education.

Let’s put our children’s interest first. I encourage you to vote yes this coming Tuesday to build a new high school building, which is long overdue.

Steve Hoffsomer, Hillsdale

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