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Reader's View: Expand Wrenshall? It's not even full

The Wrenshall school district is having a vote on April 18 to spend $12.5 million to do some renovations on existing K-12 facilities and to add to its footprint by another 48,000 square feet ("Wrenshall debates $12.5M school update plan," March 29).

The Wrenshall school district is having a vote on April 18 to spend $12.5 million to do some renovations on existing K-12 facilities and to add to its footprint by another 48,000 square feet ("Wrenshall debates $12.5M school update plan," March 29).

The district's current capacity is 500. Currently, 347 students are enrolled, so the Wrenshall school is at about 70 percent of its maximum. Of those enrolled, 114, or about 39 percent, come from other districts. In my view, the school could cease to exist with room for 153 more students. It's only two-thirds full. Why expand now?

Over a 10-month period, a plan was drafted by a committee of 100 in favor, flyers of support were stuffed into mailboxes, and a published column basically called anyone who disagreed with the plan the no-plan opposition group.

On April 18, my plan is quite simple: Defeat the district's expansion plan. When the existing building is filled with 153 more students - each of them bringing about $7,300 in state aid each, or a total of about $1.1 million - at that point, the case could be made to grow. At that point, perhaps, there'd be a valid argument.

Until then, if the question is paying taxes on three properties in Carlton County for 30 years, with no children of mine attending any school, my pocketbook says no.

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Tim Kaspari

Wrenshall

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