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School - and community - need support

February 9, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

I was concerned when the referendum for the public school system didn't pass because it affects me and the rest of the community in ways besides our children. I work at the clinic here in New Ulm and we are recruiting doctors now. Fewer doctors are moving to the small towns. We have been fortunate to have a number come here recently, but we need more. One of the things doctors look at when considering moving to a community is the school system. We are blessed to have good schools in this community, but since the referendum did not pass, the public school will be affected to the point it will make it more difficult to attract young doctors with families. This affects me personally, but it also affects the future of health care in New Ulm. Other industries might have difficulty attracting employees, as well.

What can we do now to help the schools? There are many things but one is to donate money so the schools won't have to cut so many programs or go to a four day week. Over 2000 people voted yes for the referendum. If only half of those people would donate 100 dollars each, 100,000 dollars would be raised, which would be a big help. A donation of any amount will benefit the school.

I am not a big fan of the 4-day school week. I am afraid it will give kids too much idle time and it will be tough on working parents. So maybe these donations can help.

Scott Rysdahl

New Ulm



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