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Apr 25Liked by Richard Owens

I'd like to thank Jeff Lisenbey for making sure the taxpayers are getting the best bang for their buck. It's been a while since I felt that our board/administration is doing their best to protect our investment. That being said, there are a couple of things I don't understand.

(1) If we are paying for a company to inspect and maintain the roofs, how did they get in this shape?

(2) Jeff made the statement, "Because we know we're going to have to build some new buildings coming up.......". My question is WHY? I hear people talk about our growth and how we're "busting at the seams". But, that's simply not true. Our Average Daily Attendance in 2013-2014 school year was 3957 students. Our ADA last year was 3915(*)students. Yes, you read that correctly. We averaged 42 students less last year than we did 10 years ago. Simply put, our communities are growing as we all know, but OUR SCHOOL IS NOT!

And this brings me to my last question/point. If our school is actually growing, which would cause us to have to build more buildings, why are we spending taxpayer money to advertise trying to get more students to come to our school? Yes, I understand that the state "gives" us about $7000 for each new student, BUT, each student cost us about $10,000. So one could say we lose $3000 for every student we lured to our district. (PS. This is another reason I'm against "recruiting" outside players for football). Not only do these recruited students cost us more each year, they could be the "straw that broke the camels back" that causes us to have to build new buildings and force the taxpayers to pay a higher millage.

* All of the statistics here came straight from the Arkansas Dept of Education Report Card website

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Very good information sir! I have so many questions that need to be answered. One is why does the school pay for a communications director?

Suzi sent the Superintendent a FOI this week. It takes 3 days every time we ask for information. Rarely get a comment from the district even though we ask. Can't get a tour of the facilities, and as you are aware, my property tax goes to this district. Lots of questions.

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31 year old roof. Sounds right if it’s original, they built that school and I was among the first to move in back then.

I wonder how many leaks there are and if just replacing gaskets would help since it is metal.

I was in Grant today for my stepmother’s funeral and took my wife through Prattsville and Sheridan giving her the tour, where I lived and what’s changed.

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It really has changed up there!

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We are sorry to hear about your stepmother. Has a lot changed?

We wonder how many leaks it's already had.

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😆There’s a lot more to do in Sheridan than when I was a teenager as far as places to eat. The dog wash booth before you turn toward the high school made me laugh.

The biggest change is the school campuses. It didn’t sink in that the Jr High was leveled and built in the Freshmen Academy (I think) until today when all I saw was the old admin building there.

New houses going up in both towns. Looks like Grant County is growing.

We ate in Poyen at a grill that used to be a one room diner where you sat outside.

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The 270 Grill I bet. We go there sometimes.

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That’s it. Used to be Doug’s? Kids liked it, especially the Indian inside. They tried to feed him French fries.

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