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Mark Hale comments on school buildings

A Differing Viewpoint: This is Mark Hale's opinion, which we respect, but it differs a great deal from our own. CM is for the new school, for more local funding for local schools, and we believe the key to economic development is better public education. What we do have in common with most here is to have more local control of the schools - and that necessarily entails taxes. -EW

By Mark Hale
Personal commentary

I have been saying it for about a year now." As soon as they get CW Casey replaced then they would start telling us how bad of shape the John Adair building is in."

I stand corrected. I was wrong believe it or not.

Already, before they even get started on the Casey replacement they're telling us John Adair is in terrible shape as well.

Since the school board seems to do pretty much what they want even without the approval of most Adair county folks, why don't they regroup and consolidate the two schools. I think it would save money to build one building large enough to handle everything that CWC and JA both do as well as allowing a little room for growth.

Instead of having two contracts for every aspect of 2 new constructions only 1 would be required. Let's face it one way or another a new school to replace John Adair is on the way.

The school board could at least do the most productive and economic thing by combining the 2 into one building.

Another thing that no one has mentioned is the aging band building. Adair county is known far and wide for its most impressive marching band and has turned out several professional musicians over the years. The band continues to get larger and more noticed year after year. We need not forget our music education needs as well.

I voted against the nickel tax the last time it was on the ballot but if the school board could show us they really want to get the campus in shape with cost effective ideas that will last for several decades, I would consider a vote in favor of a nickel tax.

We don't need to buy another farm to build a school building as there is already plenty of school real-estate for new construction. I also think the cost to operate 1 new building would be less than the cost to operate 2 buildings. All we need to do is look around at all the new construction in Adair and surrounding counties.

Really the problem is not getting the money to build the buildings, it's having the money in place that it takes to operate those buildings once they are put to use.

New courthouses and jails and swimming pool buildings all cost a lot to operate. From what I've been hearing most of them cost a lot more to operate than was first considered.

In our current economy most of us have had to tighten our belts and be cautious with our spending. The school system needs to follow suit and get the most bang for its buck possible. I believe if the board were to show cost effective reasoning and reduction, more people would support our school system. With that said I will close for now. Thanks for all you do. - MARK HALE

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