As CDT readers are well aware, the State College Area School District is holding a referendum on building of a new high school.
Much of the conversation has focused on the financial impact of the decision.
As a longtime educator and education researcher (now at Penn State), I would like to know how new policies will affect the most important people in our community — our children.
Research has shown that students in schools with high-quality facilities have improved attendance, increased attention, better behavior and increased achievement.
Specifically, classrooms with abundant natural lighting, effective ventilation systems, adequate space, limited outside noise interference and a consistent temperature around 72 degrees have positive effects on students.
If you have walked through State College Area High School, you know many classrooms do not provide these necessities for effective teaching and learning. Some classrooms are crowded, noisy and poorly lit.
Many are too hot or too cold for effective teaching and learning to occur. The ventilation system is also inadequate, thus affecting learning and the health of our children.
I implore voters to think about how their vote will affect our most precious commodity — our children!