By Jordan Reichhardt
As I went through the school day on Tuesday November 6th, the day the votes came in for the Thompson School District Bond and Mill Levy, I could feel the excitement throughout the school. Teachers, students and staff members where all excited. Everyone in the school seemed like they had been lifted up. By midday Tuesday November 6th when we knew the measures had passed, and everyone in the Thompson School District felt important. The passing of the Bond and Mill had communicated to everyone in the district that we were appreciated by the community.
Now that the Mill Levy and Bond have passed the demands from each school need to be balanced out to determine where the money from the Mill Levy and Bond will go and over what period of time this money will be distributed. Many of the buildings in the Thompson School district are pretty old and because of this regular maintenance is necessary, however since the last Mill Levy and Bond was passed thirteen years ago much of this maintenance has been unable to be funded.
One area that requires much maintenance within the Thompson School District is roofing. As a student at Loveland High School I have continuously seen the effects of old roofing throughout my classes. The damaged roofs cause leaking and lead to destroyed ceiling tiles. This causes distractions and hazards in classes. It is explained at https://www.tsdbond.org/ that with the money from the Mill Levy and Bond the district now has the money to repair ten damaged roofs throughout the Thompson School District.
Younger students are also getting excited about the passing of the Mill Levy and Bond as with this money new playground surfacing has been purchased for Namaqua and Truscott so that students can enjoy the playground in a safe manner.
The passing of the Mill Levy and Bond was made possible through the community and because of this it is important that community members are involved with the decisions made about the money from the Mill Levy and Bond. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee meetings will take place in order to ensure that citizens have a say in where the money from the Mill Levy and Bond will be going.
As a student I am so excited to see the improvements that the Mill Levy and Bond will bring. I am now confident that incoming students will have the same amazing opportunities I did because of this funding that will take their learning to the next level. As I move on to the next steps of my education I can feel confident that the Thompson School District is moving on to a better tomorrow.