During a Building and Grounds Committee meeting tonight, the school board announced that building a new middle school and athletic facilities "must be done." Without determining how to pay for them, Superintendent Robert Post outlined the damage to the taxpayer:
- Will house grades 6-8 (Washington Kidnergarten Center would be retired)
- Complete construction within five years
- Cost: $18.5-22 million
- Have field ready for 2007 academic year, starting construction by May
- Two possiblilities: Forker or new facility
- Revamp Forker Field; Cost: $850K-2 million
- Build new facility behind hilliew Elementary; Cost: $5.8 million
All told, the fleecing of the taxpayers can be nearly $30 million!
The board all agreed that they should act quickly in moving the projects ahead. They all agreed that the projects must be done.
Call me a skeptic, but why do we need the new projects? I ran track with some of the best runners in Pennsylvania - and they competed weekly on the Forker Field track. Sure it is the only cinder track left in the county, but it is still a solid surface.
A couple of years ago, the GCHS football team was the second best in the state - playing on Forker Field. Sure it gets muddy throughout the year, but isn't that football?
The middle school building was totally remodeled twenty years ago. It still looks great! The problem (with the administration) is that the building is decades old, so you naturally replace buildings that old, whether they need to be replaced or not. Each year, Dr. Post says, "we're due" for a tax hike - now he is saying it for buildings.
Once again, the district is not being fiscally prudent. We would love to have new buildings and new athletic facilities, but we simply can't afford them. The school board cannot live within a budget - they show this year after year when they vote to raise taxes. The citizens must live wthin their means - we can't steal from our neighbors to build new houses simply because we want one or "we're due."
*On a side note, thank goodness for blogs. This information was announced without any of the Old Media present. Now that you have the info, spread the word and stop the liberal school board!