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Open Forum: Don’t use school bonds for white elephants

This is an excellent time for school districts to ask their citizens for the authority to issue bonds. Interest rates are at historic lows and with the prospect of run-away inflation in the future they can be paid off with cheap money.

The proceeds of the bond issues, however, should not be frittered away on big elaborate buildings which will become white elephants before the bonds are paid off.

 Bonds should be used to establish small, community-located schools that can make use of the fine array of electronic learning methods presently available. Teaching methods will change because the people supervising the students will be facilitators, not lecturers. They will, in effect, help students find the learning materials needed from the vast internet cloud. Specific technical knowledge will be obtained by phone or e-mail from highly trained teachers which would be located at teaching “hubs” that could be  shared by several school districts. Teacher-student ratios could be much higher and better results achieved because of the new “role” of the local teacher as a facilitator. Overall costs can be dramatically reduced while providing the best education.

 The alternative to “getting-on-board” with the new age of electronics, and the Internet, is to continue the same old, failed, systems that are in use today. Bond issues that would continue these “failed systems” with their massive buildings, should be defeated.

Chuck Hagberg


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Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.