When will we hear the final plan for Morgan school? "Imagine Beloit" tells us that "Morgan and Cunningham have the most green space to expand into an intermediate school (and would be rebuilt as new buildings per architect recommendations)."
Didn't the board vote, or at least decide, not to build on the Morgan site? Last we heard, the new school would be located on Milwaukee Road. It appears that either the plan has shifted, once again, or the "Imagine" team is not even clear as to what the plan really is. Perhaps there is no plan. Either way, it must be upsetting for Morgan neighbors to see things change so often. And it should give us all pause, and make us wonder if we are truly ready for this referendum.
As we discussed in an earlier post, a referendum requires much more planning than this one has had. Some districts take years studying the needs and possibilities. And when they vote to put the question on the ballot, everything has been properly vetted with the district and citizens clearly understanding the plans and the reasons behind them.
A referendum is a form of direct democracy. It is OUR way of deciding what goes on with our schools and our taxes. The lack of planning and transparency, and the confusion that surrounds this referendum has made this anything but a form of democracy. The school district is asking for 70 million dollars from us, the taxpayers, without presenting a plan. As taxpayers we would be wise to tell the district to take it back to the drawing board. We can "imagine" a better referendum for Beloit.