Then: Thirty years ago on March 28, 1983, members of the Sandy Creek Board of Education approved pursuing a bond election for a new elementary school that would replace the existing elementary schools in Fairfield, Edgar and Glenvil.
That action kicked off 10 years of controversy that included attempted lawsuits and failed efforts to recall the board members who supported a single-site elementary.
Now: One of the biggest detractors of the proposed single site praises the work of then-Superintendent Larry Ramaekers and calls the reasons for wanting to retain those three schools as "dumb."
"It was probably dumb reasons why we wanted to keep our kids," said Jim Hinrichs of Glenvil, who served on the school board from 1984 to 2000. "We thought maybe it would ruin the town or it wouldn't help the town and that had nothing to do with it."