The taxpayer funded school webpage is full of one sided propaganda. The superintendent takes time out of his taxpayer funded day to give one sided propaganda. At least this business owner uses his own money to mount a campaign. It is said "it can't be done" to build one big school but how about a simple proposal to see what the amazing builders and architects of Montana could come up with. The only thing anybody has ever pushed forward is 2 schools, 2 locations.
It's unfortunate that this family is on the verge of breaking up. Those kids'll stay right here, but that mom will be gone from the country for good. The chances of them seeing much more of her on anything but Skype are pretty low.
There's a lot of people from other countries working here responsibly and contributing. It's unfortunate that when we think of immigrants we always picture people from south of the border coming up illegally.
Most of the time they're hardworking people that don't ask for much but contribute a lot in return.
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This whole deal is one of the biggest scams in u.s. history.... make everyone wait because they (gcg) cannot locate a few thousand people, who did not voluntarily participate, whom also have IIM accounts where the money could be saved for them when they do finally appear on radar. Paper checks when every govt payment system is now eft distributed? The whole system is designed for misappropriation, and those who have no qualms earning a paycheck by these means. I should not have participated... my fault.
Thinking this is a pretty bad idea right now. Don't know if you've heard but there was an avalanche...
Message to "I live here": I live here, too. I don't have children or grandchildren who have ever attended or ever will attend Lolo school or ANY school. But other taxpayers--including childless and retired ones-- paid for MY public education, and now I'm stepping up to pay for the public education of other people's kids. That's just how it works in a country where public education for ALL is the bedrock of democracy.
Much gratitude to Jimmy Tobias for his effort in visiting the school to see for himself the poor, insecure, and inadequate conditions that exist there and for even-handedly reporting the words and views of BOTH Magone and Miller. I don't know if Miller is rich enough to be in the 1% or not, but given his wealth relative to most Lolo citizens (the 99%), his vehement opposition is telling, very very telling.
The vote "YES" billboard, vote "YES" signs and all postcards and ads asking the community to vote 'YES" for our Lolo children were paid for by "VOTE YES FOR LOLO KIDS" a Ballot Issue Committee that is registered with the State of Montana.
This committee is completely funded by contributions from individuals and organizations who know the facts regarding the need for a new Lolo Elementary School, and choose to support the committee. All contributions are recorded and reported to the State of Montana.
EVERY sign, postcard, ad and billboard that the "VOTE YES FOR LOLO KIDS" committe has put out to the community has CLEARLY stated that it is paid for by the committee.
The Lolo school district has NOT contributed any money to the committee. Again, the Lolo school district has NOT contributed one penny to the committee.
You should also know that initially Mr. Miller did NOT acknowledge paying for his ads and signs, until the Montana Political Practices contacted him and informed him by not doing so he was breaking the law.
I’m sort of at a loss on this article. Why does Lolo need to place such a huge bond on the citizens of the city? This will have to be paid by taxes and Lolo is clearly not that big.
Where I’m confused is why hasn’t the school applied for state and federal funding or grants? I’ve done some research and there is a ton of money out there for new construction, remodeling and even completely new schools.
Here are some links.
Maybe there is something I haven’t read yet.
THE SCHOOL HAS BECOME A TOTAL PAIN, PEOPLE THAT WERE FRIENDS ARE NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER OVER THIS. NO ONE HAS ADDRESSED THE RETIRED PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN TOWN ON A SET BUDGET. WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN GOING TO WALK, DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET IN THE DARK? WHO PAYS FOR THE SIDEWALKS AND STREET LIGHTS, THE CROSSWALKS AND SO ON? THESE ARE COSTS THAT THE TAX PAYER IS GOING TO SEE IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. MR. MILLER LETS YOU KNOW THAT HE IS PAYING FOR HIS SIGN AROUND TOWN. WHO IS PAYING FOR THE BILLBOARD AND YES SIGNS THEY DO NOT SAY. I THINK YOUR ARTICLE IS ONE-SIDED IN SUPPORT OF THIS BOND.......
I am the mother of a kindergartner at Lolo Elementary. We moved to Lolo last summer so we are very new to the community. And might I add that this is a wonderful community! In the fall we attended Lolo school's open house event. Part of that event was a tour of the problem areas at the school. Those involved showed us around and explained to us each of the major concerns. I have to honestly say if I had not taken that tour, I probably would have voted no due to the rise in taxes alone. However, after seeing first hand and being able to ask questions and get honest answers about all of the issues, I gladly voted and continue to vote yes! Even if it means raising taxes! I strongly recommend that those who are considering voting no, that you actually go down to the school and take a look at the issues and ask questions. You will see WHY this needs to happen. The safety of our future generations NEED this!
Build the new building, break up the school into separate elementary and middle schools. It's really not a revolutionary concept. This is not a "duplication" of services because you won't be teaching the same kids the same things at both locations. If the number of students has increased over the last 50 years, then the number of classrooms & teachers will need to increase eventually, too. Won't it?
Safety of children should not have a price tag. Children have been struck by vehicles, the traffic in the mornings and afternoons is horrendous. They tried to remedy that with they new circular driveway an it doesn't' seem to help. Frank Miller wants to control every thing that happens in this town, and he is contradicting himself when he says no to building a new school because it will raise taxes. He is threatening his tenants with higher rents, then in the same sentence says he's ok with building another school for K-8 even if its more expensive. That raises taxes too. It doesn't make sense. I don't disagree, with the building of a new school for the simple fact that the safety of children should be the main concern. My first thought was why not knock down the existing "original" structure and rebuild. But the safety concerns with traffic and kids crossing the street is an issue. I also don't have a problem with building a whole new school K-8, but agree that the funds simply aren't there. Stop trying to control things FRANK, and help come up with a solution. A person who owns half the town should be putting some of that money to good use in the community, instead of into himself and his own business. Be a pillar of the community and give back. Otherwise, let the people of Lolo cast a vote without your threats of raising their rents. Stop being a bully and let people make their own decisions.
The sale of the existing school property will not generate enough funding to make up the difference to pay for a K-8 school. This has been evaluated and falls far short.
There WILL be open bidding, the misinformation about the GCCM process is incorrect. The GCCM process will actually allow more local contractors to get involved than the method of using one large bid. GCCM is used by many Districts across the state and has been very successful in delivering projects that meets all of the Districts needs, including low cost.
Why cant the school sell the old school location's property to make up the difference on the cost to build a K-8 school?
Lolo needs more business to help boost our economy. Sell the old school to bring more businsss in and provide funds to provide a full K-8 facility.
Why IS there no opening bidding!?!
How CAN there be 2 schools without "additional or duplicated" positions?
Are there even blue prints?
What about the K-4 kids now coming from the hill down to school... How and where do they cross? And your not duplicating positions ....so who will cross them across the streets!?!
A large majority of my clients are Lolo kids I would hate to see their safety at risk.
This is not accurate. There are two separate facilities at Lompoc, a federal prison camp and a penitentiary, and it has been this way since well before 1990. the penitentiary has always been a very rough, violent prison, never a "Country club." There are fat, lazy officers, and there are very hard working conscientious officers, but some, convicts and journalists alike like to paint with a very broad brush. There are also convicts that are very likeable and pleasant to be around and others that make your skin crawl. Prison is a microcosm of society. Some convicts piss, moan and complain every day they are in prison and others make the best of a bad situation. Just like real people, right?
Thank you, Indy, for doing this piece and honoring their memories!
Hooray for Mark Kersting. His perseverance planted the seeds of rebirth for this part of Missoula. He deserves an award!!
I remember going to one of those ice cream socials in 2005 or 2006. Good people!
Thank you George Price and Indian People's Action for organizing against the megaloads and the tar sands blight upon the Earth.
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