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3/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Many questions about Mt. Tipton

I was not able to attend the KUSD board meeting this week as I was hospitalized. I do have some questions and statements after the fact. So many promises by the KUSD Board and Roger Jacks were broken.

The town of Dolan Springs worked hard to help pass the bond issue a few years ago. What happened to the promises made to Mt. Tipton School, such as no new school laboratory, no expansion of the library, and separating the cafeteria from the gym? Was our portion used to build Lee Williams High School? What happened to the one more year that was promised to the school? What's going to happen to our sports program and our special education students? Is the district going to drive them home if they become ill? (Quite a few of the parents and grandparents do not drive.) What happens to the dedicated teachers, office staff and cafeteria helpers?

The only one on the board who took the time to research the finances and talk to the people of Dolan Springs was Laurie Barthlow. Also thanks for all the hard work that was put in from Rebecca Smith and Donna Wickard.

Thanks to the editor of the Daily Miner for his "kick the can" editorial. I guess it wasn't kicked hard enough. No thanks to Roger Jack and the KUSD for not giving us the one extra year that was promised to us, and also thanks for putting a price on our students' heads. At your next meeting, will someone on the board make a motion to reconsider their vote?

You call yourselves educators - go back to school.

Norty Turchen

Dolan Springs

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Lynneah Tessman

Grow up and smell the coffee - Did you ever think that you (Dolan Springs) haven't done what you said you would do? You have had two years already and your attendance has gone down, dropout rate is up and you want us to give you more when you haven't even started yourself...grow up and do one thing you promise to do!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: C. A. Rivera-Miller

Ok, just to be clear. Everyone keeps saying "closing the school". Just the high school grades right? There will still be the K through 8th. Will 9th (Freshman) be included in the high school?
Since this whole thing has started, I have spoken to some of the high schoolers from here in Dolan Springs. Again, I say talk to the students. Most of the students don't seem to think the bus ride and going to Kingman is so bad. If it is a personal issue for some of the parents, there is Home schooling & online. If directed correctly, the high schoolers could stay here to contribute to assisting the lower grades as aids when they are finished with their classes. Many locations in town would allow the use of their computers if students came to use them for classes. The total amount of students in our high school grades is not that large. Car pooling would be a fun thing to start up too. Finding creative ways to make this work can be less of a challenge than most seem to think. Prayers of thanks for those teachers who just love to teach and have endured this mess. Please stay on to share your knowledge with our remaining students.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Donna

"KUSD will not receive funding for our students if they close our school!"

If KUSD is spending three times the amount of funding they receive per child to educate Dolan 9-12 grade students, they will be gaining money, not losing it, by shutting down the high school out there.

For a business teacher, you sure don't understand finances!

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: KUSD and Taxpayers Have Been Very Generous to DS

Donna, I'm sure all the funding that comes from Dolan Springs barely covers 1/2 the students that KUSD is educating up there - even when it is k-6. So don't threaten withholding of your tax money.

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

I love you, Norty....and we will beat this!

KUSD will not receive funding for our students if they close our school!

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