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Letters: Vote 'yes' to maintain quality of education; Waits is enthusiastic, prepared for school board

Vote 'yes' to maintain quality of education

I am writing this letter in support of the ISD 200 bond vote. Having lived in Hastings for the past 24 years, I am continually amazed at the number of students who return to Hastings to raise their families. I believe they do this to be closer to family, enjoy a better quality of life and take advantage of the amazing schools that we have in Hastings.

In order to keep this district on track with other districts and draw the best kids back to Hastings, we need to ensure that our facilities are in line with other districts. We have great facilities that have offered kids so many great opportunities to excel in academics, athletics and the fine arts. Now, the district is now asking us to invest in the facilities and allow them to maintain the current structure and while making some upgrades that will allow our students to prosper in the classroom, field and stage. The other upgrades will provide our learners with a safer environment and a more level playing field.

It's very simple. In order to maintain the quality of education that we have in District 200, we need to continue to invest in our facilities. It is my hope and dream that one day my children will return to this great town that I have been proud to call my community for the past 24 years. Vote "yes" on Nov. 7.

Peter Zak


Waits is enthusiastic, prepared for school board

I am a teacher at the Hastings Middle School and follow the school board elections carefully. I was surprised to see that a school board candidate homeschools her own 7-year-old. I could not understand her motives for running for this position and yet not supporting our schools by sending her own daughter to our schools. Something seemed fishy. Then I met Kelsey Waits. I listened to her speak at the AAUW candidates forum on Sept. 25 and her story made sense to me. One of her young daughter suffers from anxiety. Mainstream school for her is filled with too many confusing emotions at this time. Their goal is to enroll her in elementary school, but not until she is better able to handle her anxiety and have a successful school experience. Making this decision could not have been easy for her family, but it speaks volumes to what is important to Kelsey. Students who feel confident do better at school. The Waits family has a second daughter in the preschool program at Tilden who is thriving. Supporting our schools was not the real issue after all. Also impressive was how Kelsey prepared for the AAUW forum. She offered her opinions backed with research on the questions posed to the candidates. She presented as clear thinking, able to communicate, and enthusiastic regarding the role of the school board. Kelsey has a lot to offer to Hastings schools and she has my vote.

Kathy O'Keefe

Special education teacher

Hastings Middle School

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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