Editor: With the recent passing of Liberty Union High School District Measure U, up to $122 million has been authorized for renovations at schools across the district, with an emphasis on restoring the aging Liberty High School.
As I became more aware of the bond’s contents, I became increasingly disappointed with its outcome. As of now, the only construction occurring is the massive overhaul of Liberty’s stadium and additional sports complex. I’ve learned that eventually upgrades will be made to Liberty’s classrooms, but that is to be only after the athletic complex’s completion.
As a student who has witnessed first hand the woes of a deteriorating school, it seems to me that our taxpayer dollars are going to the wrong place. Half of my classes are in portable classrooms, many dating back to my elementary school days. The classrooms that were supposed to be temporary have become permanent.
It seems wrong to me that a school, which should have a primary mission of educating students, is spending money to upgrade our stadium, something not used or needed by a majority of the school’s population. I am aware that the bond money passed must be used for it’s designated purpose, however, I wish as a city we would have decided to put money where it matters, in the youth’s education.