Facts matter for Rockford referendum

To the Editor:

In response to Tom Cook’s comments last week …

This referendum is about not wanting to close the middle school, not laying off teachers and not cutting programs.   It’s also about providing an increased educational experience for each and every student, which this bond provides.  That being said, if you want it to be about the school district/board and how well they manage finances, please explain to me how a district that wins the Education Finance Award is doing a poor job? I too have been to school board meetings; however, I also understand the countless hours of work sessions (that we can’t attend) that the school board discusses financial management prior to a public meeting.

I would encourage Mr. Cook to present facts, not opinions:

Mr. Cook’s opinion: $167 annual tax impact for $250,000 is for the first year only and higher in following years.

Fact: $167 will be the annual tax impact for the entire length of the bond.  It does not change (www.ehlers-inc.com/custom/taxinformation/Rockford/)

Mr. Cook’s opinion:  Synthetic Football field has a life expectancy of 8-10 years.

Fact:  Synthetic Activity fields, not just football (football, soccer, band performances, Physical Education classes, Community Education Classes plus community rental opportunities) not only allows for three times more use and provides a safer surface, but has a life expectancy of 13-plus years (i.e. Wayzata High School), not to mention is two to three times less expensive on a per event basis than natural surfaces, including both installation and maintenance costs not to mention saving over 500,000 gallons of water annually. (www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/associations/7632/files/Synthetic_Turf_360.pdf)

Everyone has opinions and they have their place, but when we are talking about the future of our students, schools and community, the facts are what matter.


Chad Robran


  • Truth Counts

    This must be Mr. “I speak for Corcoran” guy again.

    FACT: Every non-sales study pins the expected life of an artificial turf field at 10 years max.

    FACT: The payback rate for the first year IS artificially low to hide the true impact of this tax increase … only paying back $656K the first year, and $1.1M the next! Growing to $4.5M PER YEAR

    FACT: This is exactly the same bond that was clearly rejected only a few months ago. They didn’t learn anything from it. Just changed the numbers and brought it back. Their goal this time is to force it to pass with all kinds of threats of “closing schools” or “Levy without voter approval”.

    FACT: The people pushing this are the people working for all the “non-profit” sports programs in the area … RAA, CAA, etc. They are profit motivated. The same people that the superintendant said weren’t paying for using the existing fields.

    Yes … facts ARE what matter Chad.

  • Mandy Anderson

    Funny No Links

    Mr. Facts don’t Matter,
    If they matter so much to you why don’t you state any links to support your “facts”, which are clearly opinions, twisted & misleading.
    This is about the kids education! The kids in this the Rockford Schools deserve to have at the very least the same as what our neighboring schools offer their kids. Why should Rockford kids accept any less than what is offered in Buffalo, St. Michael or Delano?

    These are simple & smart business decisions. Keep our class sizes low. Test scores are up because of the low class sizes. Keep all day every day free kindergarten. Keep extra curricular activities for 6th grade – 8th grade. Keep the track program for the 80+ high school students. Make the smart ROI decision on the turf vs grass. 24/7 use 365 days a year. Use less water. Lower concussion rates. Bring local residents & businesses the possibility of $27million dollars worth of work. Get the $6million dollars back from the state for doing capital improvements.

    Vote how you want, but either way you will see a tax! Vote no & pay for a levy tax to pay to close the middle school. OR pay a bond tax & keep all of the things listed!

    Again this is about the kids & their future! Personal agenda’s don’t exist.

  • Truth Counts

    Again .. nothing but more threats – vote for this or else we’ll do it anyway. Ignore the people – the vote just a few months ago was clear. All they did is hand us the EXACT SAME PACKAGE to vote on again.

    What part of THAT don’t you get. What links do you need … it’s EXACTLY THE SAME (with a little bit of the pork $$ cut so you could legally bring it back up again).

    Isn’t it amazing all the “non-profit” sports groups are the ones pushing this so hard?