Try a little maintenance
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.