Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It’s your money

5/8/2013

On April 17, the West Franklin school board and superintendent gave district patrons the opportunity to do a walk-through of some of the facilities located on each campus. A good number of interested patrons participated in the walk-through, as the leaders pointed out the weaknesses in each facility, including air conditioning/heating units, roofs needing repairs, and gymnasium floors, also possible windows needing to be replaced, among a few other items.

Very seldom was anything positive or good pointed out. While observing the classrooms in each building, it was evident the teachers in these classrooms provide a positive, pleasant learning environment for the students. The schools were clean, bright and well cared for.

On April 17, the West Franklin school board and superintendent gave district patrons the opportunity to do a walk-through of some of the facilities located on each campus. A good number of interested patrons participated in the walk-through, as the leaders pointed out the weaknesses in each facility, including air conditioning/heating units, roofs needing repairs, and gymnasium floors, also possible windows needing to be replaced, among a few other items.

Very seldom was anything positive or good pointed out. While observing the classrooms in each building, it was evident the teachers in these classrooms provide a positive, pleasant learning environment for the students. The schools were clean, bright and well cared for.

Teachers, along with the principals, are responsible for providing a positive, pleasant learning environment. Learning will take place, with a dedicated teacher and a learning environment, regardless of the age or location of the classroom.

More than a sufficient number of classrooms are available at Appanoose with 18, while Williamsburg has 21. No additional space needs to be constructed.

There was information concerning SMART Boards and the future of an iPad program in the elementary schools. The schools are keeping up with technological advancements, and the students do well when they transfer to middle school, as evidenced by the many on the honor rolls.

Students in our present elementary schools have an advantage by being in a smaller school where the student-to-teacher ratio is smaller, and each student can have help when needed. Being able to get acquainted with the parents of each student also is an advantage, in that the teachers and parents can work together to further the education of the students.

The Appanoose and Williamsburg recreation commissions have worked hard to establish and maintain facilities for the kids in the communities, providing flag football, T-ball, swimming lessons, hunter safety, cheer leading, and after-school programs. The gyms are used for recreational basketball. If the district’s financial situation changes, these programs could be in jeopardy.

The facilities in both communities are more than adequate; they are advantageous to our students — and they are completely free of debt!

The district has the finances to maintain and upgrade these facilities without adding new taxes. Here is the true cost for 30 years to build these 17 classrooms (according to the West Franklin impact analysis put out by the district office).

The principal plus interest on $14,320,000 for 30 years at 4.5 percent (estimated interest) equals $27,373,128. (In other words, that’s the true debt.) So you divide the total by the principal to get a working factor (which would be 1.9114) take that and multiply it by each item listed, and it will give you the true cost on each item listed for 30 years.

These 17 new rooms that some people claim to cost $4,385,285, now become $8,382,033.75 after 30 years. That would make each room cost $493,060.81 or almost a half million dollars a room. If I remember right, we already have 39 adequate rooms that already are paid for.

Can you afford this?

Maybe it’s time to take a true look at what’s happening to your money.

— Lou Coppoc,

Williamsburg

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