School delay is costly

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2004

As you consider your vote at the May 25 election regarding the new high school, please think beyond today or the next five years. The decision before us may be the most important one we make for Juneau students for many years to come. After much time, money and careful consideration, we are just a step away from making this project a reality.

The electorate has shown their support of a new high school twice now. About $23 million in bonds have already been sold by the city, specifically designated for this purpose. A design, based on extensive input from the public and many professionals, has been completed and paid for.

The state has committed to reimbursing 60 percent of the building costs, an offer we cannot expect to be repeated any time in the foreseeable future.

Every delay we encounter (including this special election) increases the costs. Juneau-Douglas High School is and has for some time been operating over capacity.

We have worked responsibly to remedy this situation and the time to act is now. Join with your elected officials on the Assembly, the School Board, our legislative delegation, and with many other informed citizens in going to the polls and voting "no" on the initiative to stop construction of the new high school. Build it now.

Jan Carlile


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