WYNOT — Wynot school district patrons are pinning their hopes on an, “all or none” decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Attorney David Domina, who represents several people from the Wynot School District that appealed the results of the action taken at three separate Freeholding Board meetings along with two district court hearings, was the speaker here Saturday for a fund-raiser.
Domina answered several questions concerning the Freeholding issue which allowed land owners to transfer land out of the Wynot School District into an adjoining district that threatened the tax base of the Wynot School.
“If the Supreme Court says the District Judge was wrong, your land can come back into your district. Your school district will be intact,” said Domina. “The freeholders will not have another chance.”
The Nebraska Supreme Court decision is an “all or none” situation for Wynot.
If Wynot loses the appeal the land that was transferred into the Hartington School District will be lost.
“The land will stay the same and the money goes to Hartington,” said Domina. “It is all or none,”
Domina told those in attendance the Cedar County Attorney has been fair in the way he had handled the Freeholding case.
“I respect George Hirschbach,” said Domina. “What he did was appropriate – he threw out the first round with the Freeholding Board. He did not want to go into court with what had been done. He said to start over.”
Wynot’s fight against a poorly written statute dealing with Freeholding will have an impact on others, Domina said.
“Your school is representative of thousands of other small schools,” he said. “This one law suit is one small step in time; it is not the solution to the problem.”
Domina told the group he believes there are big changes ahead for the State of Nebraska.
Nebraska can not continue to live with our tax structure – Nebraska has to change he said.
Wynot resident Romaine Becker said she came to the Fund Raiser to get an idea on what is ahead for Wynot.
She found Domina’s comments very interesting.
“I kind of knew there would be new changes ahead for everyone,” said Becker.
Domina said he has been impressed with Wynot’s commitment to save something they love and believe in.
“It isn’t that they dislike Hartington – it is that they believe in their school,” Domina said.
Wynot teacher Chuck Tramp thought the Fund Raiser was a success.
“It went well – it shows the sense of the community,” said Tramp. “This isn’t just about numbers for me.”
Duane Bair, employee and supporter of the Wynot School, thinks the fight to save what you believe in is important.
“You don’t have to take what they try to shove down your throat,” said Bair. “You need to hang tough.”
A decision concerning the Wynot School District should be back by the end of the year.
Wynot’s sense of community and pride is stronger than ever.
Over 200 people showed up Saturday for a barbeque sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Wynot.
A silent auction, which included a wide variety of items from a Dick Tracy comic strip from a 1952 Sunday Sioux City Journal to a container with all the fixings for Summer Family Fun, was part of the event, which was held in the school gym.
Forty-seven Wynot students stepped up to the plate to help out with the Wynot fund-raiser.
Each of the students donated four hours of farm work, housework or general work to the silent auction – some of the bids brought in over $100 each.
An outdoor grill, tools, a sleeping bag, an ice cream maker, postage stamps, and cash were just a few of the items that could be won by purchasing raffle tickets.
Vanita Arndt said she was thrilled with the assistance that had been received for the fund-raiser.
“We had a lot of support from the community and there were a lot of donations that came in,” said Arndt.