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Get facts about school straight

January 8, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Herald-Star readers should ignore the article printed in this newspaper on Nov. 15 ("Future of Indian Creek High School discussed.") The article was an incomplete list of the findings by the Ohio School Facilities Commission's inspection of Indian Creek High School. The school administration is trying to create the illusion that the building is in poor condition. Haven't we heard that before?

I inspected that building myself. The building is sound. There is no evidence of structural deterioration. This building could stand for another 100 years with the proper maintenance.

The scoring of the OSFC means nothing to the reader, since we don't know what is a good or bad rating. The explanations of these findings were not a part of the OSFC report. These explanations were added by someone at the Indian Creek Local School District.

The following is a partial list of findings: First, health scoring. No one knows what this is. Second, safety scoring. No one has died or been seriously injured. Third, structural scoring. There is no evidence of settling. Fourth, heat and ventilation. These items can be upgraded in stages. Fifth, electrical. The system has been upgraded, and receptacles can be added.

In summation, the article should have never been printed in the newspaper. It is biased and incomplete. The part that was printed supports the school administration's position. The paper's responsibility is to tell taxpayers the whole truth.

Also, if the board of education would do its job, this would have never gotten this far. If they don't have the guts to make decisions, they should resign. Their focus should be on academics and not real estate.

William R. Kopras

Cross Creek Township

(Editor's note: The writer is a retired construction superintendent.)

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