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A Busy But Exciting Fall
A Busy But Exciting Fall
By Dr. Matthew J. Murphy, Ed. D., Superintendent
You’ve heard by now that Ramsey School District will hold a bond referendum Tuesday, Dec. 11 to seek voter permission for a range of improvements. Between now and then, there are other important dates that will help voters learn about the projects that would improve our schools with safety, modernization and efficiency.
Mark your calendar for:
Nov. 15, 16, 17 – RHS Drama Club presents “See How They Run” by Philip King, in the high school auditorium. If you happen to need a restroom break, imagine a renovation of the current facilities. That project is estimated to cost $183,500, and it is part of the bond proposal. Shows start at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 – Tour Smith Middle and/or the High School to see how voter approval could improve facilities there. From science labs to locker rooms, and the media center to the cafeteria, you’ll see the ways our aging buildings are barely keeping up with educational standards. More importantly, you’ll see how we could renovate to maintain Ramsey’s standard of excellence. Tours run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 28 – Referendum District Fair will offer topic-by-topic learning stations that will inform participants about the needs, the solutions, and the costs. Local property taxes won’t bear the brunt of the proposed $42.9 million in improvements: state aid will cover $10.4 of that. Find out why and how starting at 7 p.m. at the High School.
Ramsey’s outstanding band and chorus programs have attracted so many students that their instructional and practice spaces are no longer adequate. December brings a few chances to see some of these dedicated students perform, and provides voters a chance to envision improvements.
Dec. 6 – Chorus Concert at Smith School, 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 – Band Concert at Smith School, 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Chorus and Band Concert at the High School, 8 p.m.
Those students will look cool and composed on stage, but instruction and practice is a bit chaotic. More than 70 students meet and rehearse in the High School’s Lecture Hall, which was not in any way designed for music instruction. The comprehensive Band Program, with 140+ students each year, does not have enough storage space to accommodate instrument and equipment inventory. The High School’s award-winning band program does not have space for students to practice without knocking elbows or to store their instruments, and the marching band overflows the auditorium space in order to practice as a cohesive group. At the middle school, interest in the band program is up for the third straight year, and that surge is soon headed to the High School.
With voter approval, the bond proposal would create new instructional spaces including separate band and chorus rooms of adequate size; space to teach Fine Arts electives courses; practice rooms of various sizes, offices for teachers, and adequate storage. It would establish a Band and Chorus hub at the High School and a performing arts wing at Smith.
Find out more about the Dec. 11 bond referendum here.