The Madison Central School Board meets Monday night. The marquee item on the agenda: setting February 1, 2011, as the date for a public vote on a $16,975,000 bond issue to renovate the high school and build a new gym. Inside word on the cost of the new gym: $2.9 million.
Nice to see the school has found a way to reduce the price tag from previous gym proposals. But that's still $2.9 million we can save by focusing on the real educational improvements first.
The new gym remains unnecessary. We have numerous athletic facilities—middle school gym, community center, DSU fieldhouse, downtown armory—where our kids can get all sorts of physical activity. Cut that $2.9 million from this proposal, direct it toward making the educational improvements even better, and you'll have my vote on February 1.
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