Building a new school would leave a legacy for future generations
Did you know that on Aug. 9, 1938, during the Great Depression, the voters of the Loudonville Village School District passed a bond issue to purchase real estate and to build an addition to the existing high school ? The bond issue passed with a 65 percent 'For' vote.
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#1 Apr 6, 2010
Once again, the Loudonville School Board has forced a bond issue for a new high school on the residents of Loudonville and Perrysville. The bond issue is on the May Ballot, and although this issue has been voted down over and over by the electorate, the Board in their wisdom has once again forced it on the May Ballot.
Once again an unrealistic School Board has placed a spending bill before an electorate that in the current economic downturn, is trying to keep afloat economically. There are some issues that should be considered in this latest act of lunacy.
· We have four schools in the two towns that, although they may not shine as brightly as the Board would like, are in good shape, and are maintained very well. The Board tells the electorate that these schools need to be maintained and that costs a lot of money. Does that mean that they do not intend to maintain a new school if they get it?
· Our enrollment has been going down for years due to the ongoing loss of jobs in this area. The Board will no doubt tell you that we are not attracting new residents because we do not have new school buildings. The fact is that we are losing population because our tax base is too high, and industry is fleeing our out-of proportion taxes. Will adding another bond issue to our already unwieldy tax base correct that problem?
· The fact is that Loudonville/Perrysville in the 2000 Census had a total of 1545 housing units. Less than 69% of those were resident owners. The rest were rental properties. Assuming that the population stats of the 2000 Census are still correct,(The number of homes that are presently for sale would seem to belie that.) then out of a total population of 2906, just a little over 1050 homeowners, most of which are retired, or on limited incomes will be paying the brunt of the cost of the proposed school. Is this realistic?
· The voters of the Loudonville/Perrysville area elect their School Board because they expect them to be educated, sensible people with common sense. I would ask the Loudonville/Perrysville District School Board to use their God-given intelligence before making these kinds of decisions that affect the overall financial health of our communities. Have we been electing the wrong people to the School Board?
Perhaps the real issue is not whether the Loudonville Perrysville District needs a new High School building, but whether it is time to remove the School Board and replace it with members who are more in touch with the community they serve.
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