We’re grateful to the Westonka School Board for having the wisdom to move forward with a one-question facilities referendum that we’ll all have the opportunity to vote for in May.
Instead of pitting the arts fans against the sports fans in our community by splitting the vote into two questions, the school board has asserted that they think it’s important that our district create spaces for ALL in our community. By choosing to pursue an athletic center along with a performing arts center, they’re sending the signal that we as a district value our band programs as much as our basketball teams, our choirs as much as our wrestlers, and our community education programs as much as our student theater programs. And they’re signaling that we as a district wish to welcome other community members, such as senior citizens and Our Lady of the Lake students, into the central hub of activity that these new facilities will become.
Thanks to our school board, now all of us — arts fans, sports fans, young, old, student, non-student — will get the chance to rally around this worthy cause.