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Letter - Jefferson High School can be remodeled

To the editor: As a former student of Jefferson High School, I feel compelled to address the issue of a new high school. First, let us look at the present school. Enrollment has largely stayed the same, so why are the halls too narrow now and why...

To the editor:

As a former student of Jefferson High School, I feel compelled to address the issue of a new high school.

First, let us look at the present school. Enrollment has largely stayed the same, so why are the halls too narrow now and why is the cafeteria too small all of a sudden? I am quite sure that the boiler, being 50 years old, needs some maintenance or possible replacement. The bathrooms are also old and could certainly use some updating. Parking is a problem, but not an insurmountable one. Our athletic facilities are probably as good or better than most schools, but, once again, updating would be helpful.

The size of the classrooms must be relatively adequate, with enrollment remaining at the same levels, but to bring them into line with today's new standards, remodeling or renovation would be advisable.

I believe, at this time with declining property values, lack of new housing starts, and a sagging local economy that has been burdened by too many public projects in too short a period of time, our school board should look at a phased remodel of the present facility, table talk of a new high school until after 2013 when Discovery is paid for, and immediately cancel or terminate any agreements with firms employed to lobby for the construction of the new school.

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I have been in construction for more than 30 years and know darn right well that if the old Washington School can be remodeled for senior housing, these improvements could be done to Jefferson High and done cost effectively.

Mark R. Pederson

Alexandria, MN

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