I spoke at the Shenandoah County School Board meeting on Oct. 11 about the lack of funding to complete maintenance work on our current public schools and not having enough buses for our children. These are safety concerns for all of us.
Now they are looking to renovate a school for $4.5 million when there is new school north of Woodstock for $1.7 million. I asked the school board to look at the Mathew Center's bid and see if they can work with the Christian School since Charterhouse finds the Christian School unsuitable.
At Tuesday's Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting they wouldn't say why the new school is not suitable. So I asked that question and got no response. We need people to show up on at the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Government Center. Let's pack the place with people.
Write a few lines to say how you want your tax dollars spent. I understand people are reluctant or nervous about public speaking. Especially now the county and school boards have asked for an armed and uniformed deputy to be present at all public meetings.
Don't be intimated; we have free speech on our side. But you don't have to look at them, just read and let your voice be heard. It is our time to change things in Shenandoah County. Please embrace this opportunity with me and bring all your friends, family and neighbors.
If you can't attend, call your supervisor, school board member or schools Superintendent Dr. B. Keith Rowland. Leave a message and tell them no to a $4.5 million dollar project and yes to less spending with an immediate, safe and secure building at $1.7 million for our special needs children.