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Editorial: Where’s the discussion about Dowagiac schools?

Published 5:06pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education May 24 unanimously approved a resolution calling for a bond election Aug. 7.

Since then, there seems to be a disquieting silence.

With the election a month away, we’re wondering if there is a campaign — board led? citizen led? — to secure the $19.9 million deemed essential to erecting a new high school next to the 2005 middle school and updating technology capabilities.

Dowagiac discussed these issues in countless meetings since early 2011 when community institutions partnered to learn “The Disney Way” from Bill Capodagli about putting customers first.

By mid-May, citizens asked the school board to remove the bond issue from the table “until we have restored the trust of our community and can move forward together.”

“We’ve heard that plea of trust, but if we postpone this decision, we will be waiting quite a while before the opportunity comes along again,”

Trustee Claudia Zebell said. “I think we can work on the bond and trust issues simultaneously.”

We’re not sure what’s being worked on now. We’ve even heard talk of mounting a social media campaign.

The last successful campaign in 2001, which built DMS and the Performing Arts Center, took much hard work and two failed attempts for a new high school despite the well-documented deficiencies of Central.

It makes no sense to go through all this and get on a very crowded primary ballot unless you’re in it to win it — not go through the motions.

Right now, the silence is deafening for voters, the district’s customers.

This editorial represents the views of the editorial board.

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