Raton, New Mexico's first school.
No, there is not a full blown plan for the use of the remaining three buildings. They are historic buildings and will be assessed by historic properties as to what could become of them. No one, including the people in the schools, want to see these buildings destroyed.
Yes, your taxes will increase. However, if we do not pass this bond at this time, we will be facing it again in 5-6 years. I had hopes the last time that my youngest child would get to experience a new school. He was entering 1st grade the last time around. He will now be in 8th grade. My own kids will not benefit from this but the kids of our community deserve it.
Yes, it's true, enrollment is declining. However, don't the students whose families choose (or are stuck as one writer so avidly wrote) deserve the opportunity to have a state of the art facility?
Take a look around folks, Des Moines, Roy, Mosquero, Eagle Nest all have built schools recently. Do those communities value education more than Raton?
I overheard a comment by one of our maintenance personnel; he said that when down at a Santa Fe meeting with the powers that be, other districts were their vying for funding to build schools as well. The oldest schools that they represented were built in the 70's. That's our newest school.
Please don't be so closed minded that you won't at least think about some of these issues.
Who wants to move to a community where education is not valued? Come on folks, accept the facts, bite the bullet and vote YES for the kids of Raton. It might lead to greater things for the community.