Letter to the editor | Vote yes for long-term school solution

May 14, 2014 

The May 20 primary gives voters in the State College Area School District the choice to make a long-term investment in our children and our community. Even if a Westerly Parkway solution is your top pick, the proposed plan represents the only one of six design concepts supported by a majority of residents in every municipality.

More than half of Centre County’s high school students are educated at State High. The current high school facility is a combination of two buildings: a 1955-era high school and a 1963-vintage junior high. They rank among the district’s worst for educational adequacy and facility condition. Although the district invests each year in regular building maintenance and has funded capital projects like roof replacements and asbestos abatement, the buildings overall are antiquated and worn out. It’s time for a long-term, comprehensive solution.

The schematic design for the building is well developed and keeps economy and necessity in mind. Costs have been validated independently by a local firm experienced in school construction. Because $85 million of the total project borrowing doesn’t fit within the district’s taxing authority, state law requires that a simple majority of voters grant the district permission to assume the debt. Every voter registered in the district, including those registered independent or third-party, can participate at their regular polling place.

The State High Project is a community-driven design for our children and our future. Please vote May 20.

Ann McGlaughlin

Harris Township

The writer is a member of the State College Area school board.

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