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The ‘very best’ education

On Dec. 22, 1913, the Hall Board of Education met with then superintendent Ernest Bost to consider his recommendation to borrow $100,000 to build a township high school to provide “the very best” education to the students of Hall Township. The Hall Board voted yes, and that $100,000 investment led to the birth of the Hall Township High and Vocational School, which has resulted in almost 100 years of academic and vocational excellence.

History has shown that board members Dr. J.H. Franklin, Charles Sherrard, J.J. O’Halloran, L.H. Smith, Martin Zearing, Joseph Campeggio, William Guenther, Dr. R.A. Smith and board President R.M. Hill made a very wise decision.

Now we turn the page to the year 2013, and the Hall Township High School Board of Education is asking  the citizens of Hall Township to approve a new Hall High School to provide “the very  best” education to the students of Hall Township. The decision made by this board of education came after months of study and discussion of the merits of renovating the current school at a cost of $18 million, as compared to building a new Hall High School at a cost of $32 million. Their decision to build a new high school was based on what they believe is best for the students of Hall Township and what is best for the taxpayers of Hall Township.

On April 9, the voters of Hall Township will cast their  ballots and tell the board if they agree that a new school is a wise investment for the students and  taxpayers of Hall Township. Before you go to the ballot box, please get all the facts and decide for yourself what is best: Renovation or a new school. Visit the Citizens for a New Hall High School website at www.citizensforanewhallhighschool.com. After you look at the facts,  feel free to visit Hall High School and tour the school before you vote on April 9. (You can make an appointment to take the tour by calling Hall High School at 815-664-2100.)     

The board of education in 1913 was on the right side of history. On April 9, 2013, the voters of Hall Township will write the next chapter in the history of Hall Township High School. Please get the facts, and then vote for the “very best” future for Hall High School and Hall Township.

Mike Struna,

superintendent at Hall High School

Spring Valley

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