Friday, June 09, 2006

Investing in Schools vs. Saving a Buck

The following is a real-life lesson in why it is not always good to short change schools just to save a buck.

Voters of the Maple School District in Northwestern Wisconsin just voted down a proposed $32 million referendum on Tuesday. The measure would have helped the district perform many repair and maintenance tasks.

Not long after the the voters denied the much needed funding, a sewer line under Northwestern High School broke open. The broken sewer line flooded the school's kitchen and several locker rooms. Also reported was a passenger-less bus that became stuck in the sludge and needed to be towed out. Superintendent Gregg Lundberg was quoted as saying that "it's a bit of a mess, but it will eventually get fixed."

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