What is this school facilities bond doing to our community?

On both sides of this bond are good people who want better schools for our kids. Both sides include long-time education advocates, parents, former educators, business people and homeowners. Everyone wants to resolve the school facilities problem.

What's wrong with this picture?

First, our strongest advocates for schools are split over this bond. How good is any "solution" that generates such profound disagreement between the people in our community who have consistently supported our schools? If a bond really did do right by all our schools, wouldn’t these dedicated education advocates be united behind it?

Second, this bond pits the valley and the city against one another. We all should be wary of any bond that capitalizes on the rift between these different parts of our shared school district rather than striving to find a mutually beneficial solution.

Third, this controversial bond is dividing friends, neighbors, coworkers, schools and neighborhoods. A good bond would unite us, not divide us. How will we be able to resolve future community issues given how severely this bond has polarized our community?

We'd all like to help our students by repairing and improving our schools. We should not have to rip apart the fabric of our community to do that.

We need a chance at making a better bond, together, as a community.

Laura Ferguson

Helena

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