The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 5, 1956 · Page 6
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 5, 1956
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r Sentral School District • ~ - - . - . . Here, In Question and Answer Form, Are The Basic Truths In This Election Issue QUESTION: Is There An Urgent Need For a New High School In The Sentral School District? ANSWER: Definitely YES. Many of our children, in all parts of the district, especially those young children in the lower grades, are attending school under difficult conditions in buildings of various sorts OUTSIDE THE REGULAR SCHOOL SYSTEM. A rented house, country school buildings, and a church basement have been requisitioned to accomodate the overflow. A modern new high school will provide room so that ALL THESE CHILDREN CAN BE BROUGHT BACK INTO THE REGULAR SCHOOL SYSTEM. At the same time, eur school district will be on an equal footing with these others around us. QUESTION: Will The Proposed Location of the New High School Be Near the Center of the District? ANSWER: YES; The location will be as close on the average, and as easily reached, a* any location could be. Due to the shape of the Sentral School District, on EXACT CENTER would be impractical to obtain. With our excellent road system, as existing in the district, the new high school at this location can be easily and comfortably reached from all parts of the district. Population-wise, the location will be VERY CLOSE to the center of the district. 'Barbed remarks' with regard to this point fall opart when put te the test ef a close and thoughtful examination. QUESTION: What Are the True Facts Concerning the Quality of the Proposed Site - Aside From All The "Bunkum" That Has Been Spread? • ANSWER: Your eyes alone can tell you much about the proposed site. It lies very well, with the five acres of it now owned by the Sentral School District being used for a baseball diamond. Adjoining land, to be purchased under the proposed bond issue, has no farm buildings, and at no time has ever "been under water" - as some opponents of this bond issue have erroneously claimed. In fact, and as a matter of record, it can be stated that an official of the State Board of Education, in a report made on the schools of the District, made reference to this building site ter a riew high tchool as "A VERY ATTRACTIVE SCHOOL SITE." Do not permit your mind to become confused on this point. QUESTION: What Qualifications Has the Proposed New High School Site, Insofar as "Soil" Is Concerned on Which To Build? ANSWER: This point is one on which the new high school site has been taking a lot of "abuse" — all of it untrue and unwarranted. Some opponents of the new school have gone so far as to say "it is loaded with peat". That can be immediately discounted by coming yourself and digging down with a shovel as far as you please. According to the "SOIL SURVEY OF IOWA", Report No. 64, prepared and published by Iowa State College, the soil on this exact proposed high school site area is described as a mixture of WEBSTER CLAY LOAM and CLARION LOAM. Kossuth County has peat, to be sure, but it isn't here. In fact, the soil at the site area could not be better for building purposes, and a nominal amount of work will be required to shape it up. And five acres are now owned by your school district. QUESTION: t "They" Say That The Proposed Site Does Not Have Proper Or Adequate Drainage Facilities. Is This True? ANSWER: Quite untrue. This site area has three county drain-tiles — one being fifteen-inch tile as platted, and the other that runs parallel is sixteen- inch tile running in an easterly direction. These three tile merg'e into a two-tile system with junction boxes, which in sum total makes this present drainage set-up adequate in every way for whatever the weather might ever bring. Here, at the site area, is an installed drainage system as described above — already functioning. It is just one of the many important assets that, taken together, make this an IDEAL location for construction of a new high school. > QUESTION: Can We, As Voters, Be Assured That Adequate and Efficient Fire and Vandalism Protection Would Be Present ? ANSWER: Yes, you can. First, the all-important .matter of fire protection. At its May 7 meeting, the town council of Fenton passed and placed on record a resolution that should this bond issue pass, the city would provide a four-inch water main to the school property across the road, and would provide a suitable fire hydrant on the grounds to supply water to the Community Fire Trucks. Two fire trucks, with men trained in firefighting and rescue, using modern equipment, would be only three blocks away. Paved roads provide quick and easy access for other fire trucks. • ^tflfM Vandalism protection — not of the utmost importance, perhaps, but of great value where schools are concerned — would be close at hand at all times. THESE EXISTING MODERN FEATURES MEANT A VAST SAVING — that can be used on the building or to reduce the levy. QUESTION: Some Have Said That The Available WATER At This Location Is Bad". What Are The True Facts? ANSWER: The last report by the Iowa State Department of Health water supply is as follows: Town: Fenton. Collector's Name: Albert Schwarzenbach. Date collected: April 2, 1956. Date received: April 4, 1956. FIELD DATA: Point of collection: Pump house. Purpose for which sample was collected: Drinking. LABORATORY ANALYSIS: Coliform bacteria (M.P.N.) None. Iron ppm AS Fe: 0.9. INTERPRETATION OF BACTERIAL ANALYSIS: Satisfactory. Initialed by R. L. Morris, Principal Chemist, State Hygienic Laboratory. QUESTION: With the New High School at the Proposed Site, Would 'Teacher Availability" For Our District Be Imprbved? ANSWER: Without a question of a doubt — YES. Today, good teachers are hard to get, and hard to hold. It requires school conditions of the highest order to compete in getting the teachers we want, and that our children should have in today's world. It is believed, and quite true, that teachers prefer a school where access to housing and churches, etc., is reasonably well provided. The proposed high school site answers, in the highest degree, these well-known preferences of teachers. IT COSTS AS MUCH TO HIRE A GOOD TEACHER AS A POOR ONE, because our schools operate on a salary schedule. With a modern high school erected at this site, we can fully expect teachers of the highest quality — at no extra cost. QUESTION: All Voters Are Interested In How Taxes Will Be Affected. What Will Be The Case Here ? ANSWER: This, we believe, is only 'GOOD NEWS'. The present levy in Sentral School District is 20.3 mills. If this bond issue passes, the levy will be 24.3 mills. Compare this with other school districts around us. Algona's levy is 32.979 mills. Ringsted's levy is 29.64. Swea City's levy is 29.37. Whittemore's levy is 30.78. With the voting of this bond issue, the levy of Sentral School District will be 24.3 mills - well under any of those others quoted. And that is the MAXIMUM levy with this bond issue. It is entirely possible that, with savings to be effected in erecting the new high school on this site, the levy can be modified still more. Yes, we in Sentral School District can GAIN a lot by voting "Yes." We can set ourselves BACKWARDS by voting in the negative. Voting In Lone Rock Gym Friday, Polls Open 12 noon to 7 p. m Let's Join Together and Build Our New Sentral High School NOW! Here at left is an actual photograph of the proposed site for the new Seniral School District high school which together with the bond issue is to be voted on Friday. Drive to the site yourself — as many have — and Jook it over and walk over it. We believe you will then, like so many others have done, say: "THIS IS A GOOD 3ITE AND A GOOD LOCATION." Can we afford any longer to penalize our children? Can "we as citizens and parents see them any longer submit to receiving their education under adverse conditions, as they are now doing, while all around us children like them have advantages denied to ours? Let's join together — let's provide the answer. Let's unburden ourselves of this toilsome problem . . . and GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN THEIR RIGHTFUL HERITAGE — A PROPER SCHOOL SYSTEM. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Vote YES •This Message Prepared and Inserted By a Group ef Citizens Who Are FOR Better School Facilities In The Sentral School District |

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