Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 10, 2003

HLWW opinions continue to flow

By Lynda Jensen

Opinions continued to flow as about 55 people attended the town meeting in Howard Lake to discuss site plans for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District last Monday.

The reaction was an interesting mix, along with about 40 people who visited a booth at the Montrose-Waverly Expo, commented architect Lee Meyer.

"My impression is that people felt that either option is good, and that something should be done," Meyer said.

The district is offering the two options for discussion purposes, and plans to review comments at a special meeting tonight.

Previously, crowds attended informal town meetings at Waverly and Winsted.

"I've never heard anyone in all three communities say 'Don't do anything,'" commented School Board Member Al Doering.

Doering did not feel that people are apathetic about the subject, even though it has existed for five years, he said.

During the meetings, attendees wrote messages on sticky notes, making remarks about site ideas.

Written comments covered the spectrum of ideas, including a sample of the following:

· consider a community center - like Waconia, Rockford, etc. The more this facility can be used, the facility is used, the more people will support it.

· locate school at center along Highway 12.

· we need a place for girls' gymnastics.

· build all new schools now.

· lock in purchase of the T&T Auto Salvage property and adjoining land south. Get option to buy at $ in next 5 to 10 years.

Comments repeated more than once at the meetings commended the district for the information presented, and that it is important to keep a school in each community.

Another attendee suggested offering two questions on the referendum, one for elementary schools and one for the high school.

All the written comments from the Howard Lake town meeting and the Montrose Waverly Expo are located on Page 4 of this week's Herald Journal.

A special meeting is set for 8 p.m.Monday, March 10 at the high school media center to discuss the referendum and go over input from the three town meetings.

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