Letter to the editor | Don’t repeat history

January 31, 2014 

I take issue with Pete Schempf’s letter (“A hidden agenda?” CDT Thursday).

I graduated from State High, too many years ago but, more importantly, I taught at State High for 37 years.

We need to remember the past.

This is the the third or fourth attempt to build or renovate the high school. Previous efforts were halted by the ill-informed, often for political or personal reasons, kicking the can down the road.

There is no hidden agenda. What was published in the paper is true. You cannot lay blame on the physical plant director and his staff, especially the crew that works every day in a losing battle to maintain the aging building.

The physical plant crew and all the teachers have continued to do their jobs professionally in spite of the conditions in which they work.

If the referendum does not pass it will be even more costly to keep the building running and to provide a good-quality education in the future.

Most of this community takes pride in the quality of education that occurs in that building. Now it is time to take pride in the conditions in which that education is rendered.

Just think how much better the students and teachers can do when they don’t have to worry about heat (too much, not enough), mold, power outages, leaking roofs and classroom flooding.

Please stop laying blame for these deplorable conditions on others and help the district to move forward with this project by voting yes in May.

Cheryl Speakman, Boalsburg

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