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Reader's View: ‘Don’t fix anything; we’re going to build new’

I live in Silver Brook Township and within the Wrenshall school district. It seems to me the Wrenshall school is letting routine maintenance slide in order for our school to look bad so more people will vote for passing the referendum ("Wrenshall...

I live in Silver Brook Township and within the Wrenshall school district. It seems to me the Wrenshall school is letting routine maintenance slide in order for our school to look bad so more people will vote for passing the referendum (“Wrenshall debates $12.5M school update plan,” March 29).

I went to just one basketball game at the school this year, and what does a retired electrician do? I started looking at all the burned-out light bulbs in the gym, and there were quite a few. My wife and I left the building after the game, and I wished I would’ve brought my flashlight. There was one burned-out light in the parking lot, leaving just one working. The light on the pole next to the parking lot and the one just up the road also were burned out. I went home, got some yellow caution ribbon, and marked all three poles with ribbon. After reporting the problem twice to school staff with an accurate description, several weeks went by. Finally, I called Minnesota Power and reported the problem and my concern for the safety of the students and elderly. Within two or three days, Minnesota Power had the problem corrected. I know it was my call that they responded to because they called me on their way out to confirm details.

This is just one example of many I’ve heard about at meetings where the school policy seems to be to let it go and don’t fix it because we want to build new.

I think we need to keep up with repairs, pay off the existing referendum, cap open enrollment, and vote “no” on April 18.

Joel Conley

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