The Smithton community is in the midst of a $12 million bond issue and everyone is passionate in their beliefs, not just the former school board president.
I am a member of the Concerned Citizens for Smithton School group. We have become very knowledgeable regarding the facts relevant to this issue.
It is obvious that our group has been diligent in thoroughly researching and interpreting the data. The School Board and architectural firm working with the board do not seem to have critically looked at the information before proceeding on their quest for a new middle school. There are a multitude of incorrect or misleading statements being made by the Vote Yes Committee.
Everyone concerned should attend our public meeting at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Smithton Senior Center. People will be presented with the real facts, which show:
* Smithton School's total enrollment is stable;
* Middle school enrollment will peak next year then decline;
* New home construction in Smithton is down;
* Census data illustrates that the school age population is not on a growth trajectory and that there will be fewer future students than currently enrolled;
* The resulting tax increase numbers;
* The increased operating costs of a new middle school;
* School capacity information;
* True meaning of a "no" vote; and
* Our real intent to maintain the quality education of the students.