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Hudson School District to Host Referendum Information Presentations

Three information presentations will take place in the coming weeks before the April 3 referendum.

The has announced three information presentations about the April 3 referendum on the purchase of the former St. Croix Meadows dog track.

According to Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, district communications specialist, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten and at least one member of the Board of Education will deliver a presentation. The presentation will cover student enrollment data, enrollment growth projections, current and projected needs at the middle school and high school, how St. Croix Meadows is the first step in solving those needs, and next steps following the referendum. Community members will be able to ask questions at each session.

In addition to the presentations, information tables will be set up at each district school on Thursday, Feb. 23, during parent/teacher conferences — from 4 to 8 p.m. 

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Hudson School District Information Presentations

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the  auditorium
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the  cafeteria
Hudson Resident February 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Good thing they have a propaganda minister to dispense the information to us. I would hate for the superintendent to have to tell us that information.
Chadwick February 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
This seems like a colossal mistake; overpaying for the land, no plan for the future, no discussion on other options so that a new school isn't required, land already purchased now can't be used, what a nightmare
Thurston Howell III February 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
"other options so that a new school isn't required"... OMG, This is Deja Vu all over again. Keep whining that a new school isn't needed and guess what you're going to get. A series of studies that will cost taxpayers a bundle to state the obvious, a new school is needed and has been since 2005 When enrollment surpassed capacity. Be my guess. Waste more money, delay what's needed until the costs double. You tax whiners are something else.
Hudson Resident February 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Gotta love that phrase Thursty- "tax whiners". Now that is a good one. Sounds like you don't think you pay enough in taxes Thursty. Since that's the case maybe you can let the patch readers know how much money you voluntarily send to the school district every year above and beyond what you owe on your tax statement. Oh, that's right, you don't do that......
Chadwick February 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I guess I will need to explain it so people you don't have to scratch your head all day trying to figure out what other options might be out there. Online learning, year round school, customized scheduling. May I also remind you that we bought land years ago and now that isn't suitable to build on. The land they are planning to acquire doesn't even have a building proposed for it yet. We are also offering to pay way more than what the market value is for the property at a time when market value is the upper end of what you offer on almost any property. I will also second "Hudson Resident" in asking what you donate to the school every year, heck I'm wondering how much you are even required to pay considering your logic and picture.
William Welbes February 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Wow I am impressed. All they did is announce that they will be scheduling meetings to discuss the project and present plans and already four people are bashing the plan that has yet to be presented as incomplete uneeded and are even listing alternatives. Perhaps it would be better to listen first and froth at the mouth later. Spouting off now without any real facts just makes you look ignorant and closed minded. Then again since most of the conservative posts here ignore facts anyway, have at it fools.
Chadwick February 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Ah, the good old liberal trying to claim knowledge superiority while at the same time pointing out the fact that he literally knows nothing; like all libs. If you don't know what is going on with this project you literally must have been out of town and not read this paper or HSO in months. Please try not to embarass yourself and put your head back in the sand.
William Welbes February 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Nope a good ole ex republican who got tired of the party lies and deception now an independent. And yes I am away for the winter but from what I have read many of your issues have been answered and addressed, but as I said earlier we wouldnt expect you to deal with facts. Until the actual presentations are made you are dealing with nothing but fragments, rumors, and ignorance. why not wait for the official presentation before you start spewing the usual garbage.
Chadwick February 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
It's funny to me how every lib is an ex republican who is now an independent even though this couldn't be farther from the truth. Since you know so much on the subject and think all of the issues how about putting together a paragraph on it. Also funny because earlier you said they were just going to present the idea people were already complaining and now you are stating that all of the issues have been dealt with. Once again contradicting yourself. Might want to quit, but hey they embarassment you shower on yourself will keep me laughin througout the weekend so rock on.
Micheal Foley February 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Before this escalates into something truly ugly, I just want to remind folks to be civil while discussing issues here.
Eagle February 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
What is the plan when the City of Hudson does not grant the rezoning for the property? The city has cut police and other services, it is not in its best interest to take that property off the tax base. Then what???
William Welbes February 10, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Chad- I was, and voted republican for over 35 years, Ironically the democratic party now has a platform that is almost identical to the ones that I supported 20-15 years ago. So if I were to choose being a liberal I would end up supporting the same causes I did as a republican. That is a pretty good indication of how things have shifted. No I have not contradicted myself, you stated some questions which I have already seen responses for. I am not deciding one way or the other on this issue until I hear the actual presentation. Until then I am not going to dismiss it off hand based on unfounded rumors or made up nonsensical issues.
William Welbes February 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Why wouldnt the city rezone the property? The city will be cutting more services as the budget cuts take effect but what does that have to do with the property taxes on an abandoned building have to do with it? I doubt the taxes paid on that property would have a significant impact on the city budget. Why not wait for the presentation and see what is said about these issues and dozens of other questions that need to be addressed.
Chadwick February 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Keeping me chuckling at least. So the republican party wanted big govt, govt healthcare, increasing the population dependent upon govt handouts, gay marriage, abortion, increased taxes on anyone successful. Um, I think not. Please stop; your arguements are pitiful at best and analytically weak. You can't even see that you contradict yourself from one sentence to the next. Just admit your a lib who can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here is some reading for you on where the democratic party has gone over time: http://www.elliscountypress.com/editorials/3752-whats-wrong-with-the-democratic-party.html
Lars Glockzin February 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I see there a few that are missing the point. This is for the land not a school. We need to very look long term - 50 to 100 years from now. We need this land to stay commercially zoned to provide a long term tax revenue. I have reviewed the property they currently own and it is feasible. It actually works better. See my other post. Lars Glockzin - Architect
Eagle February 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
William, The point is that the land is more valuable to the city as commercial property. It will continue to provide revenue to the city year after year. Placing a school there will provide ZERO revenue to the city. Again it is not good for the city to give up revenue. The city council needs to look out for the city residents interests first.
Hudson Resident February 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Eagle, don't use common sense with these people. You'll confuse them.
Bob Simmons February 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
As has happened over the last 7 years we will continue to divide Hudson into two groups with hostile rhetoric and a bitter outcome. In the end the school board has done a terrible job presenting a plan where more than 1/2 of the residents that own a home can get on board. "Hudson Resident" does bring up a good point for all of those in support of the current plan, I would like them to put their money where their mouth is. Please tell us how much additional fund raising are you willing to coordinate or simply how many big checks you have sent above and beyond our current taxes. I don't want to presume you have not, so please let us in on your financial commitments.
SummerRocks February 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I'm a pro-school individual, but really struggling with this option. Appreciate the forum, but how about a forum with both opinions represented? When I vote in April, I want to feel like I'm making an informed decision.
Micheal Foley February 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The district spokesperson was quick to point out to me that these are "information presentations" and not community forums. If there is a clear opposition, I may organize such an event myself and invite both a district rep and an opposition rep.
mainstreet February 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
May as well start lining it up now! You know there is and will be.
Dan Bushman February 11, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I am pleased that at least some people who commenting are using their own names when registering opinions. I do believe that freedom of speech was intended to include accountability for what you say. It is easy to spew vitriol when no one knows who you are. This medium as a forum could be very valuable if not vital to the dialog on an issue very important to this community. Those hiding behind alias identities only add the voices akin to graffiti artists. You might have valid point, but it doesn't come with a whole lot of basic integrity. And that goes for both sides.
country boy February 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
DB, You have put out your opinion..now here's mine. Alias or name...it is what it is. The Patch has laid out the rules. The comparison to a graffiti artist is your opinion. So....are you the blog police? If so, good luck!
Sandy February 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
My sentiments exactly. As I recall, there once was a referendum for a new high school, years ago. I believe the figure was around $60 million. But if I'm wrong I'm sure someone out there will quickly correct me. But think of it, Folks. How can the taxpayer be asked to approve something that will ultimately cost this much money without a very specific plan? The zoning issue? I would hope that Hudson does not rezone the property to public use. They lose some property taxes, but the truth? The Hudson School District loses the most. Approximately $45,000 of the property taxes on the dog track go to the school district. I don't disagree that HSD may need room at the HS and MS levels. I do disagree with their plan to spend 8.25 million without a final plan and dollar amount. What's wrong with an 8/9 school on the land they already own on UU? That would cost a whole lot less than a high school campus, is easier to get to, and they already own the land.
Bob Simmons February 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Mr. Bushman, my good family friend, while we don't agree on all the issues I agree with you on being willing to say your thoughts without hiding who you are. Country girl is hard to take seriously.
Sandy March 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
As projected by the city of Hudson, the potential total property tax loss is 1.2 million dollars, every year, year after year, if the track is rezoned and removed from the tax base. It will affect every taxpayer in the county, as every taxing entity loses revenue. It is 1/3 of the remaining commercial land in the city. I trust that Hudson city officials will make the right decision and say no to rezoning. A million dollars every year is a lot of money. It's only a matter of time before the property gets developed for a commercial or business use.

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