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Letter: Education more important than water parks, offices

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Jim Teague

New Whiteland

To the editor:

I would like to take the opportunity to add a little insight into the Greenwood-Whiteland schools situation.

First, I raise the question when is the last time the Greenwood schools had to really make major upgrades to their schools due to growth?

The reason I asked this question was I myself find it very ironic that Greenwood has grown the way it has the last 30 years. In fact, they have grown to the point they achieved second-class city status. Yet the way they have grown is by annexing land that previously was Clark, Pleasant and White River townships.

So while they have grown, they impacted Whiteland and Center Grove school districts. Now, they want to balk because a school they have impacted needs help. How about this: If you don’t want to help these school districts, then perhaps you can do one of two things. Give back the land to the townships and let the schools and townships manage their money the way they should.

Or if you’re going to annex land into your city, then take the kids into your school system.

Then you can be the ones having $1 million-plus projects for your school district.

It is no wonder why the people in White River Township have fought to keep Greenwood from annexing land the past several years. Greenwood City Council members need to do the right and responsible things for our children.

These kids may go to school elsewhere, but they are residents of Greenwood. You wanted the perks of annexing land out of these school districts, so live up to your obligations.

Education is much more important than new water parks, swimming pools, city offices and whatever else you need to spend tax dollars on.

Speaking of which, isn’t it funny how these schools now have to have a referendum anytime they need money and they have no recourse if they lose the vote.

Yet in Greenwood, if you want something that mandates a referendum, like building projects, aquatic parks and pools, and you lose the vote, you go around the voters and taxpayers and create TIF districts and do these projects anyway.

The people of Johnson County need to be wary of any dealings they have with Greenwood until they show they are capable of taking care of their residents in all regards. The state of Indiana needs to step in and be more involved in how cities and towns across the state — especially Greenwood — annex land.

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