When tax dollars are needed to build a new expensive high school, should we be building this “gym”? Is it a “gym” or is it a luxury athletic facility aimed at showcasing our athletic abilities? What happens to the athletic improvements that we have approved in prior bond elections? Shouldn’t we be focusing on improving our “B” core education rating and investing in more equitable items to help all of our students not just our athletically inclined? Who exactly benefits from a Competition Arena – are the revenues from state-wide competitions projected to offset our M&O tax dollars or where exactly does that revenue go?
A look at our Current Gym
Many basketball and volleyball events are hosted in our current gym, with parents citing that the gym is adequate. Shouldn’t the voters be provided a better choice in voting rather than having these funds included with the High School and Elementary School funds?
Long Range Planning or Continual Debt Generator?
The last Bond Election (2018) funded an upgrade to athletic training facilities. Now touted on the vendor’s website, taxpayers should note that we still have 25 years of principle and interest on this investment in athletic infrastructure. Specific cost estimates for this renovation have not been found but will be posted here as more is found. Is this investment impacted by the new “gym” plans?
“I absolutely love it! So impressed with how it turned out!” is the quote credited to Hank Carter, Head Coach
Debt on This Investment Still Exists
Tax dollars are still being used to repay the principle and interest on this renovation.
Promises of Long-Term Outlook
The Board of Trustees and the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee promise that they are looking at the long term value. How is this investment protected by the new Competition Arena? Are dollars that were spent here thrown-away now that a new “gym” is envisioned?