Letters to the Editor

School rebuild is necessary

As an Auburn High School alum, educator and parent, I am supporting the Auburn High School Modernization and Reconstruction Bond vote on Nov. 6.

This vote is not simply about school pride, but is about making sure students at all of Auburn's high schools have access to effective, efficient and safe facilities. The current structure has exceeded its service life and ongoing repair and operations costs – in addition to leaky roofs, pipes, failing HVAC and outdated and unserviceable teaching and learning spaces – impact our students each and every day.

The building's considerable fatigue is showing from the wear and tear of the six decades of operation. All students in Auburn should have the opportunity to attend a safe building they can be proud of. The quality of facilities is critical; it improves student morale and achievement, and school pride. Every year Auburn High School produces great students in sub-standard facilities. They should have the same opportunity as Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview students. Auburn High School needs our support.

If you have not been inside Auburn High School lately, I encourage you to seek out an opportunity to do so before filling out your ballot. I was on the design committee, and although am saddened that the old building will be replaced, I feel proud of what the new building will bring to the next generation of students incorporating and respecting the traditions and history of the past.

Please vote yes by Nov. 6.

– Dave Halford

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