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Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

The publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, Jason Sethre, had a very good article in the January 20th edition. It was an interview with John McDonald, the superintendent for the Kingsland School District and it was related to the closing of the Wykoff building. This, and a previous letter by Lynn Kidd, former Wykoff school board member, has raised some alarms for me about this deal.

Apparently a committee was formed to study and review closing the Wykoff school and build a new one in Spring Valley. Cost would range from 7 to 17 million dollars. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we only a fourth of the way to paying off the last 13 million dollar building we put up in Spring Valley? Those supporters who pushed that through distinctly said, “if we build it they will come”, meaning more students. It hasn’t happened! Enrollment went the other way!

Also, it was interesting to note that the committee looking into this was loaded totally with academia. There was not one farmer, business man, house wife, blue collar worker, truck driver, or retiree, on this committee.

It seems like every time a new superintendent shows up here, they want to build a new monument to themselves. Five years later or so, they move on and we are stuck paying the bill.

People, I implore you to pay very close attention to this situation!

Norm Eastvold

Spring Valley, MN


Due to a technical error, we are re-publishing this Letter to the Editor submission, since the latter portion was not included in the one that ran on Monday, February 3, 2014

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