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March 3, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Things working better

The message that seems to be coming from Fairmont Area Schools about its effort to give every freshman a personal computer is that the project is turning the corner. While the transition from textbooks to the modern classroom learning tools was not immediately smooth, things are starting to work better.

This is good. If the project didn't work, that would be a catastrophe. If there have been a few bugs to work out, that is understandable. We believe the school is on the right track and we wish it continued success.

Ag program is a go

Kudos to the Fairmont Area School Board for approving a new ag program and FFA at the high school. The board this week added ag classes to its list of course options. The final test of the strength of the fledgling ag program will come when students begin registering.

The new programs are funded by a community effort, with a group of citizens putting up $100,000 per year for three years to make Ag Academy and FFA?a reality. We congratulate this group and the school for this wonderful cooperative effort.

Officials begin talks

Officials from Martin County, the city of Fairmont and Fairmont Area Schools got together this week to discuss ways in which they can share services and possibly save money. There weren't necessarily a lot of immediate savings apparent, but taxpayers certainly should appreciate the effort, as well as the opening of communications lines, which could lead to future savings.

The groups looked at snow removal, lawn care, office supplies and sealcoating, as well as Lincoln School, which the school subsidizes but does not use. Again, we hope the groups continue talking - about these and other topics.

City saving $400,000

Government finance isn't exactly the most popular or interesting topic. But it is important, nevertheless. So we must congratulate the city of Fairmont, which this week auctioned off some debt and netted an incredibly low interest rate (1.49 percent) that will save the city more than $400,000 over the next 12 years.

This kind of good news only happens because there are thoughtful, diligent staff working at City Hall, because elected officials care, and because the city seeks out good financial advice. We thank all of them, and congratulate citizens.



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