One of the two parties interested in buying the Ringsted School building from Armstrong-Ringsted Consolidated School District would like to use it as an assisted-living facility.
We couldn't think of a better idea.
What a fantastic way to put the taxpayers' money to good use - take the costly burden of utilities and maintenance off the shoulders of taxpayers, get the building on the tax rolls and provide assisted living to the people of Ringsted and the surrounding area. It would be a fantastic way to allow people to enjoy their later years and still remain near their families. The school would also provide a lot of conversations about "remember the prom" or "how about that crucial bucket he made in that game".
The gym could make a great recreation area as well. Just think of the possibilities. Just imagine how many Danes - and even Norwegians - the gym could hold during Danish Days. There might even be room for Ringsted's own Danish cultural museum.
We congratulate the Ringsted building study committee for its efforts. The reality is, of course, that it was just too cost-prohibitive to keep the building open, regardless of what happened with whole-grade sharing.
But with Armstrong-Ringsted sending its elementary students to Sentral this coming fall, as superintendent Randy Collins said, it makes it doubly important that the district sell the building in a timely manner while it's still maintained in excellent condition.
Great work, folks. And a great service to the community.