Wisdom does not advocate destroying a 33-year-old high school building for lack of a new heating and cooling system, some exterior brick work, a new roof, and various other upgrades that, by the way, will eventually have to be provided for in a new building, as well. (More taxes?)
The proposed replacement building is expected to have a 43-year lifespan. When the 37-year debt is paid, we will again face the need for new buildings, and the district’s $12 million surplus will already have been spent.
Are we behaving responsibly if we transfer to our children — and to our grandchildren — the weight of heavy taxes? Or would we, in fact, create a scenario that will motivate future Preble Shawnee graduates to move out of the district in order to avoid outrageous taxation? Thirty-seven years is too long, and long-term economic conditions are not predictable. If we care for our children’s future, we will not create this oppressive financial burden for them.
Residents of Preble Shawnee School District want good schools for our children, but we must have an informed vote. Can other districts support the district’s claim that new surroundings transform the learning experience? What does “No additional new taxes in the foreseeable future” mean? Who defines “foreseeable?” I guarantee that it’s not even close to the life of the proposed financial commitment.
Let’s keep Preble Shawnee’s multi-million dollar rainy day fund for a time of need. For now, don’t pick your children’s pockets and your own. Vote “no” on Issue 19.