Amanda Woodbury Gardner: New Park County schools would be a burden |

Amanda Woodbury Gardner: New Park County schools would be a burden

Amanda Woodbury Gardner

Park County School District has long been famous for the high-quality graduates it produces. My children graduated from South Park High School and they are highly successful people today. Problems with violence and drugs and other unwanted aspects could best be controlled from home. Regardless of what many of you think, getting matching funds to build this enormous configuration of school buildings is not a bargain.

In the county, within the town of Fairplay, especially, there is not enough business to support this kind of financial burden. Business owners are going to be hardest hit, and there are nowhere near enough businesses within this county to carry the load. I own “business” property on Main Street in Fairplay, and paying the taxes is difficult enough without having this added to it. The hit for residential property isn’t quite so serious an increase, but anyone suffering the effects of this economic recession may not welcome the increase.

Yes, it would be nice to have a new school, but in my opinion the money is wasted on building it in town within the severely restricted space. We should have an entirely new campus outside town on highway 9 towards Hartsel. It would be possible to separate the elementary from the high school and have ball fields and playgrounds. Security and transportation would be much more feasible with parking space and even a bus barn. The campus could be fenced.

The kicker to my plan is to turn the old school buildings into county offices and get them off Main Street and out of the Old Courthouse and the McNamara building. In one place or another there would be space for the new Fairplay library, rather than insulting the Old Courthouse Block with a new building.

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