A recent open forum asked, “How many times are we going to bring the school up to code?” The answer is pretty obvious, if you vote yes on the April 9th referendum. Voting yes would put us on track to not have to renovate for a very long time. Now, if you believe voting no is the answer on April 9th, then the answer becomes very difficult. Voting no equals bringing the school up to code every time the building fails, and with the record of the last 15 years present, it has been failing a lot! Old buildings are forever having recurring and new issues.
Let’s quickly look to the future and fast forward to the year 2029. If the referendum is voted down on April 9th, Hall High School will be a 115-year-old building, and we will probably be asking the same question again “How many times are we going to bring the school up to code?” Now, if the community can band together and vote yes on April 9th, Hall High School will be a 15-year-old building providing what our communities’ children need to become successful members of society.
If anyone believes the present building has “nothing wrong” with it, they should come take a tour. If after touring the school anyone can say that there is “nothing wrong,” then they must not know what the meaning of what wrong is. There are multiple heating, cooling, structural, and most importantly, technological problems that exist within the current structure. Even renovating can not fix the technological short falls the school faces.
My last statement will be in regards to people spreading information that is inaccurate. I believe in a person’s right to express themselves through speech, but please, if you’re going to share statistical information, check the facts before you spread them on to others. I’ve seen many people talking about the tax implications of a new school, the information is very easy to find on (local school websites). Please inform yourself instead of believing everything you read in an open forum; it’s too important not to.
This referendum has implications not only on taxpayers/taxes but also on the future generations of Hall High School. Should we make 15 more years of students endure a 100-plus-year-old building and endure near 100-degree room temperatures in winter? Or should we step up as a community and enhance education for the next several generations of Red Devils!
Since we have already spent so much money bringing the school up to code, the time is now to vote yes on the tax referendum! This will not steal anything from our grandchildren; it will give our children and grandchildren the education they deserve!
Dennis Galetti Jr.