Our stories this week by Reporter Vickie Moss about the four owners who have sold their homes to make way for a new science and technology center at Iola High School, seem to have touched a few nerves, evidenced by the response on the Registers Facebook page.
More than 2,000 people have read the stories on iolaregister.com. Of those, dozens shared their thoughts. Most of the comments were negative, with a few stalwart defenders, mostly family members of those who sold their homes or serve on school board, taking the time to illuminate naysayers about how the transactions came about.
Among the most common complaints were that the owners had been forced to vacate their homes; that they should have relocated the houses instead of tearing them down; that the science and tech center should have been built elsewhere, and that had voters known this was the site for the center, they would have voted against the school bond issue.