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Making the case

Fort Dodge school board holds forum as levy vote approaches

January 29, 2013

The Fort Dodge Community School District board held a forum at Friendship Haven Monday to address the upcoming special election on the physical plant and equipment levy....

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Jan-30-13 3:51 PM

Good point Matt W. Well said

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Jan-30-13 3:39 PM

Not sure I have ever heard the comparable improvements to Phillips and Fair Oaks called "required" but people like to hear what supports their thinking. What has been said is that to modernize the two existing facilities would have been north of $50,000,000. Whether you feel that a safe and modern environment is important to education is your opinion I guess. If you want the person that will someday be administering your medication to have learned math on an abacus, good luck tiger.

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Jan-30-13 12:34 AM

I'm not sure what the difference between routine and required expenses would be for the new middle school, but I think the "required" expenses for the old buildings had something to do with asbestos removal.

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Jan-29-13 6:47 PM

I would like to know what "the required" repairs to the middle schools were. I can see rutine maint. costs, but show me the required maint.costs versus the rutine cost.

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Jan-29-13 6:03 PM

"According to FDCSD Superintendent Doug Van Zyl whatever organization buys Hillcrest faces as much as $1.5 million in repairs". (Quoted in the Messenger from July 2011). The AFES did not have anywhere near this amount of repair expenses. Other conflicting statements makes me question how accurate the boards perceptions are with expenses. Sometimes you can stretch a dime into a dollar by just trying harder.

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