Money for district of­fices could be bet­ter spent

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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

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