Letter to the editor | A better building is needed

January 30, 2014 

I recently began substitute teaching in the State College Area School District.

My first weeks I happily subbed in elementary and middle schools, but was glad when I received my first job at the high school, where my two oldest daughters attend.

After my day there, one of my daughters asked me how it went.

“It stunk,” I replied.

“You mean you had a bad class?” she asked.

“No, I mean, it stunk.”

“Oh yeah,” she said, “the North Building does stink!”

How sad.

We are in one of the best high schools in Pennsylvania, academically, yet one of the primary (and most lasting) impressions you can get when visiting the school is the bad odor from mold, rotting materials and plumbing issues.

It makes our need for a new high school pungently clear.

Is this really the best we can do? As a community, do we have no more pride than this?

Paying for a new school requires an additional tax, but you can take comfort in the fact that we will all know where that tax money will be spent.

The May 20 referendum is an up-or-down vote on whether we, the taxpayers, will fund a new high school.

This school is falling apart, it floods and it smells bad.

It is time to address these issues and build a new high school.

The odor — and the underlying problems causing it — are only going to get worse.

Rebecca Misangyi, State College

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