• What A Difference A Power Plant Can Make

    Before I even begin, I will tell you up front that I have three grandchildren who attend Glen Rose ISD; however, I will also tell you that my opinions were formed long before any of them had ever thought of living in Glen Rose because I have always believed that communities make decisions, and communities live with those decisions.

    Now, with all of that said, I want to show you a couple of photos.

    From this:

    Old High School

     This was a perfectly nice high school and, in fact, to me it seems very nostalgic today; however, Glen Rose High School moved out of this building long ago.

    To this:

    The gym to the left was completed in 2012. Of course, years ago the town of Glen Rose decided to accept a nuclear power plant into their community as well as the risks that came with it.

    Obviously, tax dollars came with it as well, and the school system has turned into one of the best in the area because of it.

    Obviously, I’ve heard a lot of criticism that a high school should have this type of facility; however, my answer is pretty standard. “You should have accepted the power plant.”

    Now, as to the next statement of how it’s just not fair…well, I don’t have an answer for that.

    I do realize that so many of our Texas school districts are poor, some very poor; however, for all kinds of reasons I also struggle with laws that take from one to give to another even though I taught in a district that was on the taking end.

    Soooooo…I’ll just revert to my initial statement and say again, “What a difference a power plant can make!”

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    4 Responses to What A Difference A Power Plant Can Make

    1. Garry Steele says:

      This is only ONE of the MANY exact stories pertaining to the economic growth of our county and city………..FMC——-A GLOVE FACTORY—-RANGER COLLEGE SATELLITE CAMPUS—WIND ENERGY—–ETHANOL PRODUCTION; and many more ! During the “expansion” years they came to us; now, not so much! My dad used to come home so mad I thought he was gonna pop because of some “lame” excuse for letting a facility ” go on down the road”. TRUTH was, it WAS NOT WANTED………….

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        The thing is, Garry, that they just didn’t understand what they were doing. We are left with the mess that those who would be about 100 left behind. BUT…we are also very, very fortunate that we have so many things we could capitalize on to attract visitors. We must NOT make the mistake of those who came before us, or we will leave an even bigger mess behind!

        • Garry Steele says:

          I totally agree with you! We are fortunate to have water, 4 major highways,a railroad, and newly renovated airport. We just need to be more persistant, aggressive , and ready /willing to negociate with any bonified interested group. I believe we have progressive leadership in both city and county government as well as our chamber. I also believe they all have seen the consequences of ignoring progress and future planning.

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