New high school needed with or without help

Published 8:40 pm Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Selma City School System has taken a move in the right direction by filling out a survey from the state that says the system needs $20 million for a new high school or, at the very least, extensive renovations.

A story by The Selma Times-Journal earlier this year and a town hall meeting about the condition of the high school has pointed out the need. There are classrooms that can’t or shouldn’t be used because the roof leaks and the mold is bad. The lighting is poor. There are myriad issues with the building’s infrastructure.

The state Department of Education has stimulus money to dole out. It has issued a survey among all schools and Selma has responded.

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To build a new high school with stimulus money would be like a dream come true. Even a portion of the cost would be good for the community.

Regardless, this city’s school system needs a new high school. If the stimulus money is not there to achieve the task, the school system should look for other ways to pay for a new building.

It’s the least we can do for our children, for our community.