Articles: Back to school shoppers not in the diamond market, two local school districts unmoved by dates of 'great Minnesota get together'
Today brought two stories:
Here's the part of the blog in which I tear apart my own articles. Anyway, maybe it's just me, but I felt like parents were always fairy thrifty when buying school supplies. Again, maybe it was just my upbringing, but I can recall having a budget for school clothes, getting one pair of new shoes at the start of each school year (and ending up duct taping them together by summer) and generally not splurging insane amounts. (Even still, I should say we never went without and had decent stuff (name brand shoes, notebooks with paper, pens with ink, etc. Regardless, school supply shopping wasn't cheap.)
Anyways, there's a quote in the story that felt like a punch to the kidneys. One of the sources talks about students no longer looking for $300 jeans. I have suits that were less than $300. (Again, maybe that says more about me. Sigh.)
In a story that seems to rile up resort owners and school administrators every year, we have two school districts in southeastern Minnesota who will start school before Labor Day. If a school district has a construction project more than $400,000, they are able to do so.
The bigger districts would be able to do this pretty much every year, if desired. I haven't totalled up all of Rochester's maintenance projects this summer (or next summer), but I'm guessing it would be well over that mark.
Regardless, I want to thank all of the new readers we have checking in to the blog. Next week we'll have some more original content (other than just reposting articles). Feel free to e-mail comments, questions or concerns here. Don't be afraid to leave comments on here, either.
Enjoy a safe weekend.