To the Editor:
Editor’s note: This is an open letter sent to the Rosendale-Brandon School District.
Dear Rosendale Brandon School District 22 School Board,
In reviewing a posting on Facebook in regards to closing Brandon Schools, I wanted to send a letter in regards to several mergers that took place in the Fairwater-Mentomen School District, Brandon-Fairwater School District #12, which in present time is the current Rosendale Brandon School District# 22. (Work cited: Brandon Times News Paper, 1957-1971 Brandon, Wisconsin. Brandon Public Library Print Media).
When I saw this posting of closing the Brandon School, I wanted to write this letter and state many people still remember this exasperating and difficult time from 1957-1971. To close Brandon School and putting students at Rosendale could lead to a resurgence of petitioning out of the Brandon side of the district
Closing Brandon School will hurt the Brandon community, the merger of the former Metomen School District brings up emotional feelings arousing characterized sentiments which go back several generations; splitting up families and communities, the history of the merger does not sit well in Brandon and Fairwater.
Examples of this merger are played to this day in other districts, as former Superintendent Ron Milton stated, “In the early days, we were in Madison trying to keep the district intact.” Rosendale and Brandon families were biding out of the district at record rate. (Work cited: Brandon Times News Paper, 1957-1971 Brandon, Wisconsin. Brandon Public Library Print Media. Spartan Sentential Rosendale-Brandon School District 2020.)
I wanted to write and ask what is the long-term plan? Is it to dissolve the Brandon School? Is the said plan to have K-6 at Brandon and Junior High in Rosendale? Close Brandon and build a new high school calling it Rosendale High School with Brandon dissolved completely? Merge with Ripon School District and have a new access to a new high school and middle school? We need some answers on what the district plans to do long term? Either way, Brandon will lose.
— Russell S. Beier
Laconia Class of 1987; Brandon School District alumni