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December 3, 2020

10/14/2020 3:34:00 PM
Time is now for RRC to take a dramatic step

As a community, we stand at a crossroads that will direct the future of our school and the positive impact it has on our community.
I think the time is now for us to take a dramatic step and build a new school facility. Significant changes require a need, vision, research, risk analysis and cost analysis.
The initial steps have been completed regarding our school building and now it's up to us to decide on the future of our school. This will take an investment from all of us, some personally and all of us financially.
• Vision. The administration, along with volunteer committees, have researched and communicated the needs and options.
• Research. In addition to the facility consultants utilized by the district, our thoughts and ideas have been solicited in every step of this process.
• Risk analysis. Without a dramatic improvement in the physical facility, the future of our district may be uncertain. A new facility would guarantee long-term benefits to our community in numerous ways.
• Cost analysis. Our district's school taxes are below or comparable to our neighboring districts. I realize that farmer's taxes will rise.
The state's initiative to help rural districts with the Ag2School Farm Tax Credit will soften the increase. The fact that the state will pick up 58% of the cost of a new school, makes the decision much easier for me.
In summary, I know this is a difficult decision for many, but in processing your decision on a new building, please consider the educational and community-wide benefits. Passing this referendum would assure us that we will continue to take pride in our school for providing an exceptional education opportunity for generations to come.
- Marty Sarne,

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