Money for district offices could be better spent
Dear Editor, I would like to thank the Freeman for such an informative article, “Kingston school officials reviewing options for former Meagher school,” Oct. 8, 2016. However, the administration and Board of Education must think the taxpayer was born yesterday. Really, zero impact on the local taxpayer?
• Where did the capital reserves come from?
• Once depleted, don’t we need to put more aside?
• If they are depleted and we have emergency capital demands, don’t we now have to bond them?
• If we bond or have to replenish, where do you think the money is coming from?
Well, I guess it won’t come from the central administration’s pockets because I am not sure if any of them live in our district anymore.
If you want to use the some of the capital reserves, you have Bailey Middle School sitting with windows from the 1950s and Miller Middle School with windows from the 1960s. I taught at Miller School for nine years and my child just finished attending there; wind blows through the classrooms like the window is open and, at times, the windows fall in and they are open. The heating system has to be cranked, depleting any efficiency to keep the building warm. Now, if you are in an area where there are no windows, like the auditorium, you feel ill from the heat. The windows would actually begin to replenish the money spent in savings in fuel cost, as well as carbon print on the Earth.
As for Smart Schools money, wouldn’t that be better spent to assist with the delivery of education to our children. How many smart boards did I see when my child was at Miller School? Did I see any at Kingston High when I attended open house? Where is this technology which I had the advantage of using in my classroom? Do Bailey, Miller and KHS have Smart Music labs with a license which allows students to use it from home? These items would improve student scores, hands-on learning opportunities and increase district standing.
Can you say the same for your new plush offices and board meeting space? Student achievement and student and staff safety should be your primary goal. Herb Lamb Kingston