From: Sylvia Wesul Pecsenye
Before you spend another cent of our tax money on another election, let me help clarify the message from the last one.
First of all, Winonans are not cheap. That’s not why your proposal fell through. The message you misread (or ignored) is that we don’t want lose our precious neighborhood schools! They are smaller and better built. And more accessible to families, and anchors to the neighborhoods.
After four decades absence, I moved with my husband back to Winona. We retired to Winona to the Madison School neighborhood where I grew up.
In the morning I’m at the window with my coffee mug, watching for the young mother walking her three kids to school. They jostle and jabber away! This is their time together, with mom.
Across the street there’s the girl in the pink jacket, who’s backpack is slipping off one shoulder as her instrument case bumps and bangs against her legs. Coming home from school she’s with the girl from the other side of the block. And they’re sliding on the icy sidewalk or stomping ice crusts and puddles. They check the bushes for the cat that lives there, calling him to come and be petted. Sometimes … he comes.
They are making the neighborhood their turf. They are claiming their heritage as Winonans. Bonding with the very dirt their mothers wash off them at night. And building healthy muscles and taking in fresh air and sunshine. And making the neighborhood human. And safe. And theirs.
It breaks my heart to think of stuffing those precious kids into buses, to be hauled off to school somewhere off across the highway, somewhere they can’t get to on their own. Somewhere big. Somewhere else!
Stuffed into buses for how long? With no moms, no teachers … at what cost?
In the neighborhood they can walk. For free. And feel free. And enhance quality of life for me.
What you are pushing on us simply breaks my heart! Please don’t bully us into closing neighborhood schools. No more studies on efficiency.
The human cost is too high. We already voted. We said NO to closing neighborhood schools. Save us all some money and listen: keep our schools!