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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 29, 2008

At the last two meetings of the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Board of Education, there may have been some confusion as the the procedure by which guests could be heard. Unfortunately, that confusion gave rise to frustration and some very inappropriate remarks a couple meetings ago.

The school board has a structured agenda for a reason: to prevent inappropriate and chaotic outbreaks such as what happened recently.

Visitors may make remarks at the beginning of the meeting which is reserved for guests or else they may call the district central office in advance at 362-2692 and ask to be placed on the agenda. It’s a good idea to call at least a week or so in advance if you have an agenda item.

This is a time of great progress for the ELC school district. There is a comprehensive, district-wide building renovation program in process, and it’s being done by making a minimal increase in property taxes. It wasn’t that long ago that we were concerned whether the much-needed bond issue would pass. Well it did, by flying colors, and we’re all the better for it.

While ELC has managed to step forward in the future in a fiscally responsible way, other school districts have been forced to cut staff. Without pointing any fingers, it’s safe to say that ELC has managed to do well with its resources by sound money management.

Now is not the time to dismantle what has been accomplished. We can hold our heads high that we will soon have a new school and still have a financially sound budget.

There will be struggles, certainly, as the district continues its belt-tightening in order to make it all work. That was something we knew was coming.

But by working together, and keeping the students first and foremost in mind, ELC can continue to maintain its financial integrity while making a huge step into the future.

And that’s something to celebrate.