Should These Excellent Schools be Destroyed?
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Do these schools look like they should be demolished?
We disagree! We think the buildings are fine and that it is the
teachers, not buildings, who educate our children.
In 1996, we approved a million dollar technology upgrade to Nordale and
Denali schools. The school board wants to demolish these schools AND the
technology upgrades that we are still paying on – and will be until
Computer Lab at
Nordale Elementary School.
Our current mayor and assembly, along with our school board, would have
us believe that these two schools are falling apart. Yet just a few years
ago, our then borough mayor stated, “Our older schools have a reputation for
being the best maintained schools in the state.”
The borough values the above two buildings at $16 million. With the
decline in enrollment and state funding, does it make any sense to demolish
Denali Elementary School's Library,
showing the spacious
We all want what is best for our children, but at what cost? It is a wise
parent who stops to consider the financial burden that such a debt would
place on these youngsters’ futures.
We at ITA are definitely not opposed to good
But as always, in looking out for the taxpayers, we feel that people should
get the best possible deal for their hard-earned dollars.
Nordale Elementary School's
huge, modern library.
The next picture shows the
area where the photographer was standing.
With 1566 empty elementary school desks borough-wide, we doubt that this
Although ITA is not suggesting that we close schools, it would, in the
long run, make more sense than demolishing two perfectly good schools only
to to-re-build them!
Can they guarantee $32? NO!
They estimate the three bonds would add $32 on a
$100,000 house. But the true cost depend on two things:
the interest rate when the bonds are actually sold, and
the amount of the 70% allocation the state actually
(At least seven times they failed to pay the full amount
Potentially, the true cost could be over $100,
not $32. With the state strapped for cash now, would you bet your tax
bill on their full funding?
Proposition 3 asks for $12,046,000 (with interest, $19,223,373)
for school maintenance and upgrades. Our question is why? Since 1995, the
school district has budgeted $142,800,200 for maintenance and repairs. This
does not include the multi-millions that have been spent by the borough or
for which we have received state grants. One of the things in the
“maintenance” budget is the Lathrop track. We already bonded for this in
1993 – what did they do with the money?
The school district seems to be a bottomless money pit! With every new
bond issue there appear items we have previously funded. How can it be that
with enrollment going drastically down, the cost of maintenance,
refurbishing, and new buildings keeps skyrocketing?
How many times have they asked us to mortgage our homes and our
children’s future for projects for which we have already paid?
Propositions 1, 2, and 3
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