Letter to the editor | Vote for a modern education

May 16, 2014 

The buildings of State College Area High School have capably served generations of students in our community. They served me (but, frankly, didn’t always help me) from 2008 to 2012, and the time has finally come to invest in upgrading them.

A yes vote on the State High ballot referendum will not just address the pressing issues plaguing the physical plant, but also provide for learning spaces better suited to the demands of modern education.

Facilities are not the most important aspect of teaching, but learning environment matters. Kids in school today, and those in the future, will face a globally competitive economy that demands specialized knowledge and experience.

The renovation of State High will improve the daily flow of the school day by eliminating the need to cross the street to get to class. It will improve and expand the hands-on learning spaces designed to prepare students to thrive in the knowledge-based economy. It will include new areas dedicated to music, art and sports.

Our students and teachers deserve a facility that matches their ability. To eschew the opportunity to improve and modernize the learning facilities of our community high school at this crucial moment is to fall short of our shared obligation to future generations. We don’t have to break the bank to do the job right. Please vote yes Tuesday.

Hunter Thomas

State College

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