New Altoona building is not the answer
I, along with a lot of other people, am looking at the proposed new Altoona Area High School.
This is not only going to affect the people in that school district but other districts and the state are looking at how this will transpire.
I remember reading about one of the present school board directors saying not to worry about the cost, that it would be partially supplemented by the state.
With a $3 billion deficit for this fiscal year for the state, how long will that last?
The state is already dragging its feet on reimbursing school districts with completed projects.
I also remember reading a present school board member proposing that the school district may have to raise taxes about $350,000 a year for 10 years to help pay for this — a total of $3.5 million in new taxes after 10 years.
And who knows where our out of control, unfunded educators’ pension spikes will level out, thanks to our corrupt state government.
I remember reading after the new county reassessment went into effect. The county, because of state law,was allowed to tack another 10 percent on for underfunding the county’s pension system. Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. was a commissioner when the pension fund was being underfunded.
How many people are going to be sending their children to any rust belt school in 10, 20, 30 years? I sure don’t know, except by looking at past trends, it will be less.
There are much more cost and educational effective ways to grow our children. How about charter/cyber schools and Catholic schools? And we need to discuss merging school districts.
Things are changing, and we really need to look at all these.
As in business, as we are seeing, we need alternatives to brick and mortar.
Jim Moore, Flinton