Try a lit­tle main­te­nance

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Re­gard­ing “Of­fi­cials make third at­tempt to pass Semi­nole High School bond is­sue” (News, Sept. 10): I’m a proud Semi­nole High School alum, but I strug­gle with the thought of los­ing our iconic high school sim­ply be­cause the dis­trict con­tin­ues to squan­der cash as it did for decades on projects that are fu­tile and un­nec­es­sary. Semi­nole High isn’t sim­ply some old build­ing. It’s a build­ing built to with­stand the test of time by lo­cal WPA work­ers in the 1930s that has far ex­ceeded its an­tic­i­pated life span. The build­ing is far from un­safe due to struc­tural is­sues. It’s un­safe be­cause of a lack of main­te­nance and a de­sire to once again fun­nel cash into the pock­ets of lo­cal in­ter­ests to build a build­ing that won’t have near the life that the old high school has through the years.

A per­fect ex­am­ple is the North­wood build­ing built to re­place the orig­i­nal Roo­sevelt School that blew up due to a gas leak. The build­ing is around 40 years old, ratty, in need of re­mod­el­ing, and nowhere near as sturdy as the high school build­ing. Per­haps the dis­trict should con­sider that all build­ings need main­te­nance and ac­tu­ally main­tain build­ings in­stead of squan­der­ing money on pet projects such as pur­chas­ing a car and pro­vid­ing a house for the su­per­in­ten­dent. Per­haps the bond could be bet­ter used to re­pair the ex­ist­ing high school rather than build a death­trap that won’t last as long as the debt it cre­ates for the com­mu­nity.

David Stray­horn, Guthrie Semi­nole vot­ers on Sept. 12 ap­proved the bond is­sue to build a new high school.

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