Recreation vs. education

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2003

As a lifelong Juneau resident and graduate of JDHS, I have been aware of the need for a new high school for some time now. As a school bus driver, my awareness of the need is constantly reinforced. I am aware that funding is always the hitch in any project that the city decides on. It can delay the project indefinitely, which grieves me as I'm sure it does others.

What I wonder, though, is if there isn't some non-governmental solution. I know that if a high school student were to approach me with a fund-raising effort to help raise the funds to build the new high school and make up the additional $12 million, I would gladly donate whatever I could afford. The truth is, folks, we have needed this second high school for at least 10 years. Whether or not it needs two gyms, I don't know, but I am willing to leave that decision in the hands of the planners. Bottom line is that this is needed far more than an ice rink in Douglas or upgrades to Eaglecrest, yet it's well past these projects in appearing on the docket.

Has our value system as a community gone so far astray as to place recreation before education? Please, anyone who decides to spearhead a fund-raiser for our new high school, don't hesitate to call on me for help. I promise I will dig deep into my already empty pockets and find something to give. This is a need, not just a want.

Rayda L. Renshaw

Juneau



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