Ringgold vote on new school likely

Ringgold vote on new school likely

There are 23 comments on the O-R Online story from Aug 21, 2012, titled Ringgold vote on new school likely. In it, O-R Online reports that:

NEW EAGLE Ringgold School Board appears to be positioning itself to take a vote on building a new middle school, rather than retrofitting two closed elementary schools for grades 5 through 8. Directors at a facilities committee meeting Monday learned from the municipal authority in Carroll Township that there wouldn't be any problems in connecting ... (more)

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“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#1 Aug 21, 2012
I guess they must vote on it to get some help from the government before they get a chance to ask the people to vote on a tax increase. This way they just HAVE to raise the taxes. Knew some thing fishy was going on with the "Let the Voters Decide" role.
Grandpa

Mckeesport, PA

#2 Aug 21, 2012
Ringgold idiot board! I am a senior citizen who can not afford a tax increase! If you get the increase I will lose my home that I've had for 50 years! You people have wasted a lot of money over the years! Don't you understand you will lose a large part of your tax base! This matter should have been taken care of years ago! I pray your inept school board is forced to put this mess up for vote! Damn fools!
joe

Grand Blanc, MI

#3 Aug 22, 2012
What you do not understand is that first, one new school WILL be cheaper than renovating, staffing, maintaining and transportation to two. That is a fact. The only reason renovation is on the table is because municipalities want schools in their area. Second, if you do not have an attractive school system young families who would otherwise pay taxes move out and slumlords move in resulting in higher taxes and lower property values. Considering the fact that washington county with the exception of Ringgold is booming. If this board does not do tje right thing and build a school they will solely be responsible for holding this area back. Or they in the long run could be known for saving the area. Either way, no matter where you live if you want to own property you will pay for education. The question is do you want to have people move in and have a bigger tax base or away and have a smaller tax base.
Terrible

Belle Vernon, PA

#4 Aug 22, 2012
Ringgold does NOT know how to save a few dollars!! A new school would be nice, but this community does not have the $$$ for increase. It must be nice not to have money, but just build or get what you want. They don't know what they are doing. Change their minds constantly.
CaCat

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Aug 22, 2012
These crazy decisions over the years may be finally playing out with the announcement of the boards' decision to build at the high school. That means the Smith's will get the money they want for their property. No mention of that little tidbit yet. That property should fetch $1 million plus from the taxpayers, about quadruple what it's worth. Sure it's cheaper to build new, easier to justify too. To spend only millions to renovate vs tens of millions to build, yeah,,,that makes sense to -some- people.
With the new building, the maintenance can be deferred for ten or fifteen years before needing to put millions of dollars into it again, like what has been done before. In other words, you can spend the yearly budgeted money for building maintenance on other things and then shock evryone with the high cost to replace a roof, etc.
So this is more of the same with Ringgold School Board, what's next?
MaMouse

New Castle, PA

#6 Aug 22, 2012
CaCat wrote:
These crazy decisions over the years may be finally playing out with the announcement of the boards' decision to build at the high school. That means the Smith's will get the money they want for their property. No mention of that little tidbit yet. That property should fetch $1 million plus from the taxpayers, about quadruple what it's worth. Sure it's cheaper to build new, easier to justify too. To spend only millions to renovate vs tens of millions to build, yeah,,,that makes sense to -some- people.
With the new building, the maintenance can be deferred for ten or fifteen years before needing to put millions of dollars into it again, like what has been done before. In other words, you can spend the yearly budgeted money for building maintenance on other things and then shock evryone with the high cost to replace a roof, etc.
So this is more of the same with Ringgold School Board, what's next?
Ho Hum..Ying Yang. Some old board crap..just a different gang.
CaCat

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Aug 22, 2012
I know, but many ppl continue to believe their crap.

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#8 Aug 22, 2012
MaMouse wrote:
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Ho Hum..Ying Yang. Some old board crap..just a different gang.
It would seem like newly elected members go thru a briefing to get them in line with the standard policies.
Tax payer

Monessen, PA

#9 Aug 22, 2012
Terrible wrote:
Ringgold does NOT know how to save a few dollars!! A new school would be nice, but this community does not have the $$$ for increase. It must be nice not to have money, but just build or get what you want. They don't know what they are doing. Change their minds constantly.
The money they will spend tofix the old schools is very close to the price they will pay for a new one. Fixing the old schools is just a temporary fix. We need a new school we should be ashamed to even want to send our kids to the dumps we call schools.

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#10 Aug 23, 2012
If we do build a new school, has anyone ever looked into how much of the money we might recoup with the sale of the two old property? Or was that not in the great plan?
joe

South Lyon, MI

#11 Aug 23, 2012
Tax payer wrote:
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The money they will spend tofix the old schools is very close to the price they will pay for a new one. Fixing the old schools is just a temporary fix. We need a new school we should be ashamed to even want to send our kids to the dumps we call schools.
Right!!! How can we keep a tax base here without making a commitment to our educational system.

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#12 Aug 23, 2012
Oh well, the vote didn't happen. What kind of new tricks are on the way?
joe

Flint, MI

#13 Aug 23, 2012
What happened?
new school

Monessen, PA

#14 Aug 23, 2012
What we need are educated people on the school board that want the best interest for our children our future, and not for themselves. And with all do respect to the elderly who dont want your taxes to go up, get with the times, your children went to Ringgold Schools when they were in good condition, why should ours have to go to an unfit schools.
ForReal

New Castle, PA

#15 Aug 23, 2012
new school wrote:
What we need are educated people on the school board that want the best interest for our children our future, and not for themselves. And with all do respect to the elderly who dont want your taxes to go up, get with the times, your children went to Ringgold Schools when they were in good condition, why should ours have to go to an unfit schools.
I went to Ringgold..My children both graduated from a private school. I never bitched about paying the taxes...taxes and death are two things that one can't escape. However, I do feel for the elderly as well as others who are on fixed incomes..with that being said, its nice to dream that the current school board will do the right thing, whatever that may be..they will never please everybody.. although it would be nice to think they have a clue.

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#16 Aug 23, 2012
joe wrote:
What happened?
It seems that everyone started talking about other topics and the vote was cancelled. Can you say mini-filibuster?
Taxed enough

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Aug 24, 2012
With Ellis gone, the vote would have been 4 to 4. The Smith Brothers and Mauro would not be able to spend 25 million to rehab the hulks in Mon City and Donora. Keep Finley open. Find room elsewhere so the students in Carrol and Donora don't have to be bused. ALL our schools need more upkeep. Worry more about education.
joe

Midland, MI

#18 Aug 28, 2012
That school should have been built already!!! What ever happened to good old fashioned leadership. Don't these people know washington cty is on the rise except for Ringgold since it is stuck in the dark ages. Git r done for crying out loud!!! Enough!!
susieq

Canonsburg, PA

#20 Aug 30, 2012
If there is no $$ for a new school, then there is no $$ for renovations. Five architects told the board it would be a mistake to renovate instead of build, and all five had lower costs to build one vs. renovate two.

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#21 Aug 30, 2012
I would like to know if any of the directors have been allowed the Homestead Deduction? Anyone know?

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