Its easy to get caught up in the small details of life and lose sight of the big picture. We want to be careful to not get so caught up in the smaller details of the school bond issue that we forget what its all about: the kids and our community. The main purpose of this bond issue is giving our teachers the tools they need for the children and future of Iola. The location of the buildings and other details are important (which is why the steering committee spent 12 months deciding on those details) but they are not nearly as important as the big picture. At this point, on a scale of 1-to-100 in regards to importance, the location of a school is a 5 and whether or not our community votes yes on all 3 questions is a 95. If we get too caught up in the details, well never give these kids and this community what it desperately needs.
Nicole and I would like to let you know how we decided to move to Iola and how the schools played into that decision. The way my family analyzed this is the same way other families have done and will do in the future.
Before we moved our children to Iola eight years ago the first thing we looked at was the schools. The online resources did not score Iola schools well. They were rated as a C-.