It sounds like the Board of Education will seriously consider the RDOS proposal for a local subsidy for West Bench Elementary. The next question is: Will West Bench residents seriously consider it? I have heard several residents say that they have absolutely no interest in paying a new tax. I am certainly sympathetic to this view. After all, my own kids are past the elementary age and the fate of the school is no longer my problem. But I think this view misrepresents our true situation. Our choice is not between business as usual and a new tax. Rather, our choice is between one significant cost and another. On March 30, 2016—the day the Board of Education voted to close West Bench Elementary—every house in the West Bench Elementary catchment lost
As noted in my update to the grant proposal, I was caught off-guard by the Board of Education's dismissal of the RDOS offer. I assumed this was going to proceed in a very straightforward way:
- A rural school will not be considered for closure if it has a ~$150K grant
- The RDOS can raise such a grant for West Bench Elementary
- West Bench Elementary will not be considered for closure
Update 30-31 March 2016:
I missed the SD67 meeting tonight because I help coach my daughters' volleyball on Wednesday nights. All I know is that SD67 decided to close West Bench Elementary despite the subsidization proposal below (story in The Herald). Thanks to those who filled me in on the details at the meeting.
I have requested reconsideration as outlined in the follow-on post.