Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The letters to the editor and the editorials concerning the high school bond have piqued more than a little interest in me. There are so many comments about the need for renovation and repair on the buildings.
My question is: Why have repairs and renovation not been done on a continuing basis? Any reasonable business owner would regularly repair and upgrade a little at a time to keep a building functioning well.
Have there been no maintenance levies? Was the money not spent wisely?
It is my understanding that in many departments money has to be spent during the budget year because it cannot be forwarded to the next year. Use it or lose it is the antithesis of good business practice. Our schools need to be more practical and take care of the properties rather than neglect, use up and beg for money to build new.
When College Place students have their own school our district could free-up several classrooms at a time. The empty rooms could be upgraded on a rotating basis.
Right now the economy is in dire straits. Can families afford higher taxes? Do tenants not realize their rent will increase to reflect the increase in taxes. Where do people think the money comes from?
They need to wake up and recognize they are putting the funds out for all this school building expense. There is little correlation between money spent and educational excellence.