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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Franklin could learn a lot from other schools


EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, I’M RE-POSTING SOME OLD BLOGS I THOUGHT WERE INTERESTING AND WORTH A SECOND LOOK, OR A FIRST GLANCE FOR MY MANY NEW READERS.


In Franklin for some time now there’s been plenty of discussion about adding or improving facilities at Franklin schools. The “I WANT” crowd with both hands extended has possessed no shame whatsoever in begging for and demanding anything and everything under the sun:

Auditoriums

Natatoriums

Gymnasiums

Football fields

Baseball/softball diamonds

Soccer fields

New tracks

New swimming pool

Theaters

Dance studios


But why stop there?

The sky’s the limit to these folks, right?

Let’s go for badminton, lacrosse, tennis, racquetball facilities, and don’t forget an ice hockey rink.

The faction that puts “wants” far beyond “needs” has no regard for the actual cost or how we’re going to pay for it.

There seems to be a focus on athletics. Fine. I’ve been involved in high school athletics since 1965 meaning I recognize its importance. Would I love Taj Mahal-type facilities for our kids? You bet… IF they’re feasible, fiscally responsible, and at the right time. We strike out on all three counts.

Back in February I blogged that a neighbor of Franklin and another school used the proper approach to what they saw as a NEED and WANT, an approach I doubt anyone in Franklin seriously considered for even a moment.

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