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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

‘No not now’ difficult to understand

To the editor:

Wow! Nine former members of the MPCSD Board of Directors serve a combination of 101 years on the board - remarkable and commendable. Thank you for serving.

However, based on their proposal, I cannot for several reasons support their effort to encourage voters to vote “no not now” on the MPCSD Bond Issue Sept. 9, 2014.

My reasons being:

If “no not now,” when do they propose our schools be brought up to acceptable standards (safety, security, adequate classrooms, provisions for the handicap, etc.) and become in compliance with advanced educational standards of 2016? I believe in modern day technology for all. Where are we? Folks, it is 2014, forward not backwards.

Facts clearly state the unacceptable conditions of our old elementary schools and qualify the need for major improvements to include installation of air conditioning.

Architects’ evaluations must be considered in determining essential needs and cost factors of any major improvement facility plan. The updates/improvements for the four elementary schools recommended by the architects need to be approved now and over the next five, 10, 15 or 20-year time span. Be aware that costs will increase with time.

Former school board members dating back over 20 years say it is time for air conditioning in our schools. It would seem to me that 15 or 20 years ago would have been an appropriate time to liberate our kids and their teachers.

Facts indicate the case for air conditioning our schools has been around for more than 20 years.

It would seem fair to me that perhaps money was or could have been made available over the past 20 years for air conditioning. Equally as well, it appears that a clear vision of the need was not evident nor was it implemented.

The “no not now” is difficult to understand. Because some of the former board members who now say “no not now” were involved with building a new high school and the complete renovation of the middle school, something we are proud of. The current board of directors now faces a comparable task for our elementary schools. Will we instill the same pride in ourselves by helping do the task at hand?

“The toil of a community is not what we receive for it - but rather what future generations will reap from it.”

A former speech teacher,

Valentina G. (Mrs. Stan) Hill