The Johnson Creek School Board Refuses To Take No For An answer - For The Fifth Time
On the one hand, you have to admire their persistence. On the other hand, what part of "no" doesn't the Johnson Creek School Board understand?
Since 1999, the voters in Johnson Creek have rejected four separate school spending referendums - including three in the last four years.
In 2010, voters narrowly rejected a $17.67 million plan to build a new junior/senior high school. In 2011, voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan for a new k-12 building that would have cost $29 million. In 2013, voters again overwhelmingly rejected a plan to spend $21.95 million for a new school to serve grades 5-12.
Well, they're back.
On April 1st (perhaps a fitting day), Johnson Creek officials will once again ask voters to approve a spending iniative. The newest $18.9 million spending referendum is pretty much the same plan voters rejected a year ago minus $3 million for new athletic fields.
Apart from the merits of any particular plan, the ability to repeatedly ask voters similar questions until you get an answer you like doesn't sit well with some people. For example, I think a lot of people might have buyer's remorse about voting for President Obama - but they don't get a do-over for four years.
At some point, should a school board simply have to take "no" for an answer?
We'll discuss the question during the 12 p.m. hour of Thursday's radio show. Please feel free yo share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.