Letters | A bond, then a plan?
June 20, 2012 · 3:41 PM
It would seem that some members of the school board believe that they can keep bonding us to death and thereby ratchet their way to approval.
In their carte blanche support for a bond — then a plan — the board sounded much like Nancy Pelosi in her infamous claim that “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”!
Board member Carolyn Simpson, however, seemed to be a voice of reason reminding the board that “other schools have done successful remodels without relocating students.” Now that’s refreshing! Pursue a line of thinking that doesn’t involve building another school and our considered opposition that defeated the bond last time might turn into support.
Share the data, warts and all, pros-and cons and quit treating the public as a PR problem to be managed. Trust the people to come to a proper conclusion.
I gave this board, some time back, a reference to a major construction firm that specializes in ultra-low-impact multistory additions where they place the new multistory addition right over the top of existing school structures — so no tear-down with savings in cost and human logistics.
Whether that is the best scheme or not, this board needs to take a lesson from the Boy Scouts; “A scout is thrifty.” While a prudent plan would time the heaviest construction during summer break, if our students have to endure the sounds of hammering nails, I’d say, “Welcome to the real world!”