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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?


By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz

Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient spaces, the dungeon-like rooms that house our preschoolers, the lack of bathrooms on the top level, small hallways and stairwells that would make it difficult to quickly exit in case of a fire, the small elevator that barely allows for wheelchair access, the difference in temperature from classroom to classroom. The list goes on and on. What we would like to focus on at this time however, is why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first.

Why build now? The last time the community invested in the R-P facilities was 43 years ago when the High School gymnasium was built. In addition, the current interest rates are at an all-time low. We’ve heard some say fix what we have. Certainly that is one option; however, this is a costly option. The School District has done a great job of maintaining and fixing what we have while still balancing the budget. One example of this was the installation of a $25,000 ventilation system in the wrestling room after mold was found last year and some wrestlers were getting ill during practice. But, the entire cost to renovate both facilities will run between $10-12 million in Rushford, and $1.7 million in Peterson, and then we will still have old, inefficient buildings. In order to fix what we have, we as local tax payers are going to have to foot the bill, and we still won’t see significant savings in the school district operating budget. Currently, we spend around $115,000 a year now just for electricity and heat for two facilities, which could be greatly reduced in one new energy efficient building. So, we have to ask ourselves, does that make sense?

Why build in two phases? The School Board, Administration, and members from the Facilities Task Force (volunteer local citizens) have spent countless hours researching and evaluating options, consulting with experts, visiting with and providing tours to state and local representatives, lobbying at the state, giving tours to local citizens, meeting with local businesses and groups, and much more. They have done their homework. There are some who wonder why not build the entire facility now, rather than in two phases? We would love to see that happen, but is that a l .....
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Ethel Bunke

Mon, Nov 26th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Ethel Bunke, 79 of Rushford, died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. Ethel was born February 4, 1933 in Money Creek to James and Geneva (Johnson) McElmury. On April 24, 1948, she married Wilton Bunke at Rushford Lutheran ..... 
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R-P gears up for referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

R-P is moving forward with preparations and its Yes Campaign for a new, $15 million pre-K through grade 5 facility. Recently, brochures highlighting the upcoming referendum in the district were mailed out to district residents. There was some concer ..... 
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Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum To the Editor, We are writing to inform people about the upcoming referendum for Rushford-Peterson residents on Wednesday, December 19 from 11–8 pm in the Rushford-Peterson High School lobby. The requ ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR OUR CHILDREN Hillary Clinton once said, “It takes a village to raise a child!” What an insightful statement. As adults, we all know it does take a community to raise our childr ..... 
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