Wakonda students deserve better; vote yes by Andrew Peterson Imagine sitting in a classroom 21 by 19.5 feet. In the back there is a computer desk, a table for yearbook supplies, and a teacher's desk.
The table has piles upon piles of pictures, graphs, layout sheets, and measuring devices. There are three filing cabinets and a set of shelves on one side of the room, and on the other side three cupboards line the wall.
On the other two walls there are two chalkboards. There is also a podium and a television. There are 14 desks lined up in four different rows. Telephones, flags and pencil sharpeners line the walls.
As the teacher tries to hand back papers, it is almost impossible to fit in-between the rows of desks. When you come into class you have to squeeze through the desks so you can get to your seat without disturbing other students.
If you were trying to get a quality education, is this the kind of environment you would want to learn in?
The recent bond issue election for a new addition and remodeling of the Wakonda School failed by one vote. I am a student at Wakonda High School and I wish that the vote wouldn't have failed so that we can get a new school. If one or two more people would have voted yes, or taken the time to get out and vote, we would already be making plans to start constructing the new school. With the benefits of a new school, we could have more room to learn and move freely.
You may think that when you went to school you had plenty of room. You also have to remember that when you were going to school you probably didn't have two computer labs as well as many televisions, girls' sports, special education, and lockers for everyone in grades K-12.
Even if you don't think we need a new school, I invite you to come up to the school and just look at how much room we actually have. Considering all this, and just looking at the school, you should be able to tell that we need a new school, and it would also improve our education and learning experience.
When you go to Gayville for a Quiz Bowl competition, Hurley for a basketball game, Dakota Valley for a volleyball match, or Viborg for a football game and come to school on the next day you don't feel very proud of what our school has to offer. As you travel around for a sporting event or an academic contest and come
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to school the next day you ask yourself, "Why can't Wakonda be like all the other schools in the area?"
You wonder, if every other town in the area passed an election to get a new school, why can't Wakonda? Is it because Wakonda residents don't have enough pride, maybe because they don't really care about their children's education?
I can't answer this question, but you can make it mute by voting "yes" in the upcoming election on Jan. 16.