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home : opinions : letters to the editor   November 24, 2015

3/14/2013 10:25:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Investment in Hall an investment in the community

When I learned of the effort to put forth a referendum for the construction of a new high school I was reminded how much of my life was influenced by the teachers, staff and parents that I encountered during those pivotal years when I attended classes as a Hall High School student.
The “Red Devil Spirit” cheered from the sidelines at Hall sporting events was present as well in the classrooms as our teachers sparked our curiosity and challenged us to strive for more than just being “average” academically.
Teachers, coaches and supporting staff members created the team that inspired me to pursue and complete advanced degrees. My resulting career allows me to contribute back to society in a meaningful and personally rewarding way, each day. Each student attending Hall has his or her own individual path and personal educational goals. A talented and dedicated team of educators in all the roles is needed to address these individual needs; encouraging the growth and exploration. It is my firm belief that as one moves from adolescence to adulthood, their high school experience sets the foundation upon which the possibilities of their life will be built upon.
Referenda and tax increases are increasing unpleasant, but very necessary contributions that need to be made in our communities. There is no better investment in the future than in the education and training of our children. We cannot rely on federal and state government alone to meet the needs of our community. I urge you to support the investment in the education of the children of this community as it improves the lives and livelihood of those we count as our neighbors.
It is not simply a building that makes a school, it is the teachers, coaches and staff who deliver what the building exists to support. However, if the facilities are not comfortable, safe and enjoyable places to teach or learn then it becomes increasingly difficult to attract the best teachers and coaches.
This leads to the gradual decline in the education and experience to the students and waning community interest ultimately allowing progressive further decline.
The time is now to support today’s generation of Red Devils and cheer them on from the sidelines by supporting the Hall High School building project for the benefit of our community today and many tomorrows to follow.

Brian A. Adrian, M.D., Ph.D.,
Montgomery, Hall Class of 1984

I would like to respond to Rita Peterson’s Open Forum letter printed on March 6, 2013.
The investment we make in the new building of Hall High School is what we need to attract new businesses to Spring Valley. One of the first things a new business looks for in a community is the educational system and then they look for a skilled workforce.  First impressions are important in the competition for industry.
With a new school, the community would be able to sell the following points:  we are looking to the future, we are concerned about our children’s education, and we are willing to educate our students to be skilled workers in the labor force. Business cannot gamble that if they come, we will build. We have to take the initiative to make our community more attractive to business.
The educational system is also important to attract new residents to the area. Parents are looking for good schools to educate their children. A modern, up-to-date school could be the selling point of residing in our district.
Finally, we need a school for the current residents of the Hall High School district. Computer labs need expanding, the heating system needs an overhaul, and the school is not up to date regarding handicap accessibility. Vote “”yes” to promote excellence for our current and future students

Joe Furlan, Peru
Hall High School social studies teacher

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