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Quality of school buildings matters

April 28, 2013

To the editor: I have read several letters to the editor in recent weeks against a new school levy. They all reasoned that the condition of the school building had no bearing on education....

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Apr-28-13 4:08 PM

The 100 studies you refer to include the Jefferson County Christian School? The building they had in Mingo didn’t meet the multi-million dollar standards you speak of. Are you suggesting students at the Christian School are not receiving a quality education? I would like to see the Christian School’s A.C.T. and S.A.T. scores compared to any in the valley. You made the statement: “as the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money.” Would you say this to a senior living on $700 a month Social Security of which $200 is spent on medication, $150 on property taxes and insurance, $150 on utilities? That would leave the senior with $200 to purchase food and pay other expenses such as doctor visits. Yes, they may own their home clear but it may have taken 40 years. I guess that makes them property rich. If Superintendent John Rocchi and the board had to pay the $3,000 for a special ballot, I don’t think they would be placing the levy on the ballot twice a year. It seems Rocchi an

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Apr-28-13 10:58 AM

Mr. Lewis, that is a pretty big claim to make. Do you have any of the resources used for the 100's of studies done on new building performance? Were the studies done by unbias organizations or were they funded by the teachers unions?

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