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It’s premature to come to any conclusions on whether or not to support building improvements

By Staff | Oct 30, 2009

In its October 24th editorial The Pierce County Tribune raises some very real concerns with the Rugby School District’s timing as it explores ways to improve the learning environments in Rugby High School and Ely Elementary.

Obviously the timing of any renovations that may require additional mills to school district patrons, especially those residing in the city of Rugby, is not ideal when you consider it in relation to the city street project.

Because no decisions as to the size and scope of any renovations have been made, it is seemingly premature to come to any conclusions as to the whether or not to support building improvements at this time without more information. It must also be pointed out that there are some very real and immediate needs for renovation in Rugby school buildings.

They include removal of asbestos containing materials, repairs and improvements to heating, lighting, and electrical systems, and bringing buildings up to modern standards for energy efficiency, accessibility, security and safety.

Therefore, the big question that needs to be answered is: If not now when?If it is determined that there is a legitimate need to make substantial improvements to school facilities, how long should the school district wait?What is the appropriate amount of time to delay making necessary renovations to buildings that would bring them up to modern standards for safety, accessibility, technology, and essential learning for students?

The apparent needs for renovation to Rugby school buildings will not be remedied by doing nothing and the costs will only rise if significantly delayed.

On Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM in the RHS Library the Rugby School Board will be conducting a special meeting to receive the final facilities evaluation report from Davison-Larson Architects. This report is intended to provide information to assist the School Board in evaluating the present condition of its buildings and to prioritize areas that are in need of renovation. Prior to the meeting the board will meet at the Ely School at 5:30 PM to conduct a building tour and then proceed to the RHS to tour that facility. The public is encouraged to join the board for the tours and to hear the architect’s report.

Lind is Rugby Superintendent of Schools

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