Connellsville Area High School renovation plans reviewed
Connellsville Area School District building and grounds committee Wednesday night viewed renovation plans for the Connellsville Area High School.
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#1 Dec 19, 2009
I still can't believe my eyes that our school board is seriously considering renovations of the existing high school. A building with a track record of half hearted repairs and maintenance needs to be demolished! If we needed the space it would be wiser to build a new facility without the past history of problems this building has suffered almost since the day it was built. The truth of the matter is this school district can not afford to put the $54 million dollar estimates that architects are tossing around for total cost. I'm sure if I was in the construction business I would be 'licking my chops' at the thought of getting all this money for my company. With a continual decline in enrollment and a disappearing tax base this school district simply can not afford to spend this kind of money renovating a building that has fallen into such disarray! Take the money add on to the former high school (Jr. high East), build a new elementary school to serve the children from the two existing elementary schools, and build a new middle school if needed. If any monies are left over then begin a slow but dedicated renovation of all the remaining schools in the school district so that in the next five to ten years all of the buildings will be renovated and have a life expectance of 30 to 40 more years. The current high school has suffered from a leaking roof with water that has freely flowed into the inner walls of the building over the last forty years. Anyone with common sense knows that where water flows a substance called 'mold' will grow. An antiquated so called 'ventilation system' has worked properly for years and blows dirt and other microorganisms around that our children and faculty members have to breathe daily. When this system becomes inoperable because the parts are no longer made to replace defective equipment it must be hand made to keep this system running. No windows in this building is a scary thought when you can't even get 'fresh air' on the 2nd floor! School Board Directors please rethink these plans for renovating this school and look at other options in more finite detail before you burden the taxpayers of this district with such a debt for so many years. Sign me a concerned parent, taxpayer and former employee of this school district who spent 33 years in that building. Terry Boors, Connellsville, Pa.
#2 Apr 22, 2010
Whatever course we take with the buildings in the district needs to be tied to more realistic labor relations. Most folks in the private sector pay anywhere from 20 to 25% of their health insurance premiums bi-weekly. In an era of shrinking enrollment and shrinking tax base it is time for the teachers to re-enter reality. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers. A responsible budget would allocate enough money to maintain the investment we place in the district's physical plant.
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