Letter to the editor | State High project a future investment

May 15, 2014 

Don Gordon’s May 8 letter (“Plan is over the top”) about attempts to create fear of the unknown and doubt, referenced meetings at which members of the public questioned the State College Area School District’s ability to afford the $115 million project.

At more than 100 public meetings, the school board and administrators have addressed the need for the project, the cost, the benefits and the district financial projections.

Residents probably received a State High Project flier on your door with an invitation to attend a meeting, to call the district or go to www.scasd.org/statehighfuture for more information.

The district is requesting voters’ permission to fund $85 million for the State High project at the primary election. SCASD is in better financial health than most districts, has a pension savings fund and is being forthright by showing estimated projections of taxing to 2020.

Not only is the high school upgrade necessary, but it has been planned with input from thousands of community members and a communitywide survey.

Don’t be fooled. Learn the facts. Attend a tour of the high school at 10 a.m. May 15 or contact the district or a school board member.

The average homeowner will pay an estimated tax increase of $192 a year for an upgraded, more secure facility for our kids. The referendum is the plan for affording the project.

Join me in voting yes.

The State High project is an investment in our future.

Steve Fishbaine

State College

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