Let's build a new school
September 26, 2012 · Updated 6:29 PM
We all want to get our money's worth, so why are we willing to keep pouring our tax dollars down the money pit of the old Auburn High School building instead of voting to build a new school while construction costs, loan rates, etc. are at an all-time low and a $25 million state grant is available?
Auburn High utilities cost a ridiculous $250,000 per year and still the students roast in the spring and fall and freeze in the winter. That's more than utilities costs at Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview combined. The new school is designed to last twice as long and will be energy efficient, safe and designed around 21st century teaching and learning.
AHS has great programs, faculty and students, but shabby surroundings don't show them that we are proud of all their hard work. They shouldn't have to live with a boiler that needs parts custom made when it breaks down and drip buckets in their classroom when it rains.
A well-educated population leads to low crime, a better tax base, etc., but we have to make the initial investment in our children's education.
Times are hard, but a project like this will provide jobs for local families, show our students that we support their education and lead to a stronger city over all.
We need 60 percent so every vote counts. Support Auburn students and save yourself money in a long run.
– Ken and Fern Valentine