John Hunter

Muskogee

I attended a meeting this past week wherein the Muskogee Supt. Of Schools, Mr. Mendenhall, presented the details of an upcoming bond issue for the upgrading of Muskogee schools. The total cost of the Plan, as outlined is 100 million dollars, one third (1/3) of which is to fund the purchase of land and construct an activity building and new sports stadium across Shawnee Bypass. In his delivery he stated that passing of the issue would increase school tax millage from 20 mills to 32 mills, representing an increase of 60% in the school portion of one's property tax. This probably translates to an increase of about 25% in property tax. This is Muskogee where school children are given free food because their parents can't afford to feed them — where will these people get the money to fulfill Mr. Mendenhall's needs. As for people who are retired, living on fixed incomes (which I am one of) — where are we to dig up the extra money? And what does a 32 million dollar activity center contribute to the quality of education? There was no mention of curriculum or teacher upgrades — have we forgotten the purpose of schooling — to educate our children.

It would seem to me that the Supt. needs to go back to the drawing board and prioritize his needs so that a more realistic and community affordable plan comes forth.

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