A parable for the Alpena schools bond vote
A farmer owned land, buildings and livestock, including dairy cows. Milk production was low and profits were poor. His herdsman suggested building a new barn to increase production. The farmer said “too expensive.” They compromised by repairing and painting the old barn and adding some new equipment. But when the project was finished the herdsman failed to develop long-term production and maintenance plans, practice sound animal husbandry, and cull the unproductive cows. Nothing improved. The lesson translation: Poor farmer-taxpayers; the barn-school buildings; milk production-student education; incompetent herdsman-administration and school board; cows-curriculum and teachers.
LARRY D. SCHUMAN,