• A”yes"vote is a vote for growth

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Editor:

The City of Glendive and Dawson County have so many good, positive things going for them. New businesses moving to town; a low unemployment rate; business owners fixing up their property on Main Street; Pamela Harr placing beautiful bronzes all over town, making Glendive her and Harvey Rattey’s Legacy City. We all have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. What we don’t have and are badly in need of is a new school. That is the only piece of the puzzle we are missing to help Glendive continue to become a more thriving community.

My generation came along at a very special time. Our parents and grandparents built us brand new schools to receive our education in - Lincoln School (1902), Washington School (1932), Jefferson School (1953), Sacred Heart School (1953), the Litle Red School House (1958), and Dawson County High School (1964). Jefferson School and the Little Red School House were built in a hurry to house the influx of kids during the 50’s oil boom. Their life expectancy to be used was 20-30 years until we could build more permanent structures. They finally bulldozed the Little Red School House about 15 years ago, but we have limped Jefferson School along for 30 years longer than it was meant to be used for. My congratulations to the janitors, custodians, and maintenance people who have gotten an extra 30 or 40 years out of all our schools.

Most of the business people I talk to say their biggest need right now is a work force; people they can hire to run their businesses. Dawson County has a 2.7% unemployment rate, one of the lowest in the state and below the federal unemployment rate. How do we attract more workers and more importantly, young families? A new school would be a great selling point. More shopping or a McDonalds will not help us grow; a new school will. A McDonalds will show up when we have an 8,000 or 9,000 population.

If you really want Glendive to grow and to make it an even better place to live, you will vote YES for the School Bond.

Jerry Jimison