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home : opinions : letters to the editor   April 29, 2016

3/23/2013 9:04:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Current Hall building has faults too numerous to list

On March 13 my wife and I took the informed tour of Hall High School. We live in La Salle but my wife graduated from Hall in 1962.
The first thing we did was to meet in the band room and be given information on the option of spending $18 million to try to maintain the current school or $32 million on a new school.
After the fact sheet and plans for the new school were looked at and explained, we were asked if there were any questions. There were people for and against the new school. The people against the new school were complaining about the tax increase. The people for the new school were favorable about the 30-year loan, low interest rate and the students.
After the meeting we were given a tour of the school. I wish the elderly lady and the elderly man who were so against the new school were on that tour that night. I did not know a school could be in such bad condition and still be open. I thought I was in a maze trying to find classrooms.
The problems with the roof, windows, the electrical system can’t control temperature in classrooms blowing fuses or breakers because you plug in a microwave, extension cords used because of lack of outlets, catching water from leaks in roofs, wood ceiling in boiler room, plaster falling from ceiling and walls, poor computer system and some overcrowded rooms. There are just too many faults to list. I would think the teachers, staff and students would get hazardous pay for just spending time in school.
I would say the people in 1914 had it tough also but had the school built. Look to one of your neighboring cities (La Salle). I believe they had Jackson School built during the depression. It shows it can be done.
To that elderly lady who complained about taxes, adding she did not believe people checked on school systems before moving into a city. The top things people with children check on before moving into a city are: 1) crime rate; 2) school system; 3) economy; 4) medical care; 5) taxes; 6) population; 7) average age; 8) cell phone coverage; 9) Internet service and 10) entertainment.
I think it is foolish to spend $18 million on a system worth $22 million with the chance of doing it again 15 years or so.
If I lived in the Hall district I would vote for the new school.
Art Windy,
La Salle

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