Here's Part 2 of last night's town hall debate on building a new gym and renovating Madison High School. See all 27 videos on Madville Times YouTube.
7. Patty Sys says she supported the original plan and sees science and other opportunities lacking at MHS:
8. Becky Brown says she doesn't care what campaign tactics are used; if we don't vote for this gym/renovation plan, we're condemning our children to a fiery death. Plus, "nothing is really bigger than basketball"... or graduating in your own gym:
10. Ashley Kenneth Allen says public education is vital. We struggle to pay our teachers a living wage; a bad building is just one more detriment to maintaining a good staff and a good public education system:
11. Cory Allen Heidelberger (that's me!) waves his arms a lot and talks too fast (that's 95% of the oral interp critiques I got in high school). I also make a few points about practical policy-making and priorities:
12. Henry Kraai says we need more welders:
13. I agree with Henry, talk very quickly about other great things we could prioritize, and wave my arms some more:
Update 22:12 CDT: In the print edition of this MDL story, Chuck Clement claims that I proposed a two-million-dollar plan. No, no, no: listen to the above video, #13. Around 2:30, I walk through a hypothetical situation where we might work through priorities, identify certain items that have to be done right away, pay for what we can with existing funds, and then float a smaller bond issue to cover the rest of those necessities. I cite $2 million as a hypothetical figure to represent the degree of difference from the board's gold-pated $16.98-million plan. What would the actual dollar figure be? I'll have no idea until I've seen that itemized list that I've asked the architect for.