Rural schools remain closed
Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Members from the Spring Creek and Fairburn communities sat in the stuffy Hermosa gym at Monday’s meeting of the Custer School District Board of Education making one last plea to keep their schools open.
“These land owners paid for that school,” said boardmember Moritz Espy, who made the motion to open Fairburn school. “My argument is for the landowners there, who are paying taxes for the school, which is the center of the community. It’s the hub of the community.”
“Anything we can do to help the school and keep the kids safe we will,” said one member of the Fairburn community. “We don’t want the school closed. It’s essential to our town.”
“My opinion has not changed,” board member Anne Sandvig said. “We have to look at what’s best for the district and make that hard decision. I think these students will get a great education at Hermosa.”
“You want the best for your community, not the district,” said David Olson, rural school parent. “ I can’t see where you guys can sit up there and cut our schools.”
“We have a district-wide funding model, not a school funding model,” boardmember Tom Martin said. “I think the educational services can be well provided at Hermosa school.”
“This is a undue burden to put on the taxpayers who do provide well for our district. We need the rural schools,” board member Brian Lintz said.
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