Mark Junek

Do you support Gillette College breaking off as its own college district and what role should the city play in supporting the college moving forward?

Mark Junek

From my understanding, the desire for the college to break off into its own district is motivated primarily in response to the cutting of most sports offerings.

Personally, I enjoy following, supporting and attending our local sports activities and having been a high school athlete myself, I know the value sports participation has on a person’s life as a whole.

I’m not convinced that is solid justification to form Gillette’s own college district, as great as it would be to have our own district.

As our foundational industries face an uncertain future, however, this is not the time for increased tax assessments needed to sustain an independent college district. It’s never popular to reduce expenses, but increasing taxes is even less acceptable.

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