In the May 20 referendum on building new State High facilities, we have a chance to help Centre County reinforce its standing among the elite American micropolitan areas.
The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County has an ambitious initiative for the next 20 years. It is called 3B33 and its goal is to increase Centre County’s annual private-sector revenue to $3 billion a year by 2033 from $700 million today.
Passing the referendum would greatly enhance our ability to meet this goal.
We need a top-notch high school to attract talent to Centre County.
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When employers such as Penn State, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Minitab are recruiting world-class talent, our cultural institutions and schools (among other things) distinguish our community from the thousands of others to which these industry leaders consider relocating themselves and their families.
I encourage voters to vote yes on the referendum.
If inclined to vote no, I hope they will consider how small an investment this is compared with the payoff and the ongoing maintenance costs for a deteriorating facility that eventually will need replacing.
This referendum can fairly be viewed as part of a broader effort to keep this community at its peak or find a new and higher peak.
It’s a small price to pay for excellence and for our children’s education.
State High does more with less. We can’t ask the teachers of our precious children to do that forever. If not now, when?
Chris Rand, State College