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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 6:15 pm

On paper, the design for a brand new Whitefish High School looks good, but that’s where it should stay — on paper.

Sure, the $19 million building would have plenty of sizzle and would bring to fruition a lot of longtime dreams of the Whitefish community, but that has to be weighed against a declining student population and a declining economy.

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          Welcome to the discussion.


          • gehugh posted at 12:35 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

            gehugh Posts: 76

            Good Lord this discussion is sounding like the old broken record. Don't fix what isn't truely broke. The new administrator need to weigh in on this. What we don't need in Whitefish are Taj Mahal City Halls and Schools. Lets fix the NEW Junior High School problems first before we put any more money into the schools.

          • OldRRer posted at 3:34 pm on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

            OldRRer Posts: 39

            WHS's enrollment was at 492 at the start of last school year. It's up a little from that this year, but nothing too signficant and the projections for the next 10 years are over 550. Those numbers fall far short from what the schools enrollment was 3-5 years ago where it was over 650. The HS does need a lot of new work done to it an additions made, but $19 million worth for what the projections show for future enrollment, doesn't make a lot of sense right now. I think the best thing to do is take care of the top priority issues and budget for that and then move forward from there. It's tough out there all over $ wise and I think if the economy was better you could probably do the whole thing in one cost swoop, but right now what's being proposed isn't a good business move. I hope they revamp the plan and come up with something a little more feasible with the current economical situation. This proposal has Jerry House written all over it. His eyes were always bigger than his stomach, so I say give the new bosses sometime to come up with what they see as a productive plan.

          • pdrhnd posted at 1:50 pm on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

            pdrhnd Posts: 5

            This has to be the most uneducated, one sided, pea brained editorial I have ever read. My children may not be in the school system long enough to reap the benefits provided to them by a new high school; however, you can be sure that I will continue to support this tremendous effort by casting my vote in favor of a new high school.

            This is not a "what's in it for me" situation, as the editor fails to recognize. This is about them. The students. I am getting very tired of hearing people copmplain about taxes. Two things in life are certain and you aint dead yet.....

            Weather you are a parent of a school aged child or not, as member of our community, you have the civic responsibility to do what is right for the children. The atmosphere of a school and the tools availabe to the students have a direct result on their ability to be educated, productive members of society.

            As a property owner in Whitefish I will vote, as I have the past two times, in favor of a bond for a new high school, even if there's nothing in it for me.

            Nobody wants to pay taxes but until Mr Skees and his TP's figure out a way to fund schools without taxation... That's the way it is.

          • C Kelsey posted at 9:08 am on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

            C Kelsey Posts: 1

            The editor's view that the school's problem's can be fixed with a modest renovation or addition is made without consideration of the actual conditions and problems the school faces. Furthermore, he ignores the fact that the District is not planning to seek $19M in a bond election but is working hard to generate other sources before asking the voters to support something much less. He also cites declining enrollment despite the fact that he has in hand detailed enrollment projections that demonstrate that enrollment is now increasing and will continue to do so over the next 10 years. I will happily cancel my $200 per year subscription to the Interlake to support the high school and put the $150 balance in my pocket. Knowing we have a great school, not suffering through the Daily Interlake everyday, and saving $150 each year will make me a much happier Whitefish resident.

          • Gary Carmichael posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

            Gary Carmichael Posts: 1

            My Increased yearly property tax for the proposed rebuild of Whitefish High School amounts to what I pay for a three month subscription to the Daily Interlake. Seems like a modest proposal.