It's disheartening to see people sidestep around the will of the voters here in Juneau. It seems obvious, albeit with 1,200 uncounted votes, that the voters do not want to see the school built. And why, we might ask? What is the will of the voting public?
We have enough problem funding the existing school here in Juneau we've cut teachers salaries. Even though it is overcrowded, we can not create another problem by adding an additional school to the grind. Maybe we need to approach this with a different perspective to get the voters to allow the construction. Why not build a high school in the valley that would allow all facilities to move there, and have allotted space for additional kids in the future. The downtown school has obviously outlived its life, and I think we owe our kids the right to attend a state-of-the-art facility. The learning environment is very crucial in the ability for people to learn, and we owe them a constructive one.
In addition, I would venture to guess that a vast majority of students live in the Valley anyway. So, why, I ask, do we spend school money to transport all of them downtown? The money used to maintain and fuel the buses could be better spent elsewhere. Not to mention, having the school within walking distance would prompt the kids to exercise a little bit.
Don't blame the voters for the lack of a new school. There was no clear insight to how the school was to be funded after it's construction. Why don't we eliminate the existing school and pour all funds for the high school into a new one?