Voting! It is Every Citizens Job!

November 4, 2019

Steven Scoville, Superintendent Farwell Area Schools

Recently, I shocked a Farwell Schools resident when I informed them that the Farwell Area Schools were once again asking for a bond proposal on November 5th. “What, the last one didn’t pass? You have got to be kidding me!” was the resident’s response. Several other voters had reasons why they were not able to make it to the polls last May. These conversations reminded me of a famous story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

Here’s the story, titled
“Whose Job Is It, Anyway?”
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

The story may be confusing but the message is clear: no one took responsibility, so nothing was accomplished. 

It’s every voter’s responsibility to make it to the polls and participate in our democracy. Last May, only a third of our eligible voters participated in the process. The recent rule changes allowing no reason absentee voting takes away a favorite excuse. Nobody can do this job for you, only you can exercise your responsibility and right to be heard.  

It’s also the voter’s responsibility to know the facts before they vote:
After the May bond proposal failed by just 34 votes, the Farwell Area Schools Board of Education listened to the community and developed a new compromised proposal that responded to the concerns that were raised.

The new proposal shortened the duration of the bond by nearly six years, from 25 years to 19 years and 3 months.  It also reduced the millage rate from 3.37 mills down to 3 mills and cut the interest rate by 49%. 

The November bond proposal still prioritizes safety, security, and improved education spaces, and protects our scarce general fund dollars. In addition, it generates $1,693,368 in efficiency and operational savings over the 19 years of the bond.  

The school board understood the community wanted more than an immediate plan to address the most critical district needs.  They also wanted a long-term plan to prevent this situation in the future.  This was originally promised by December, but the school board has been working diligently on this effort and recently released their draft long range plan well ahead of schedule. 

Next week’s bond proposal is an important component of this long-range plan. Without these immediate needs met it will be very difficult to plan for the future given the district’s limited current resources and significant needs.  You can learn more details about about the bond and long range plan by visiting the district website at www.farwellschools.net , or the district’s Facebook page (Farwell Area Schools) @Farwelleagles. 

Only you can perform your duty as a voter. Get the facts and make sure your vote is counted on November 5th.

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