Complexities- Curmudgeon- and Editorials

March 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm 4 comments


March 14, 2010

To the editor,

Tom Skoch is right; “Give public all the facts now on high school sites”.

Yes, the Curmudgeon and the Editor agree.

I believe that Tom and I agree on more things than we disagree on. I am writing as Jim Smith citizen, not Jim Smith school board member.

I have been worried that asking for public input without full disclosure was not a good idea. I have had the opportunity to review all of the Feasibility Studies completed for the school board by the board’s building project architects. It is my current opinion that Site 3 offers the most advantages to our student’s first, and the city of Lorain second.

Again I am not speaking for the school board. To the best of my knowledge no one is currently authorized to speak for the board on the subject of locating a new high school. A board resolution would be needed to name a board spokesperson. To the best of my knowledge no such resolution has been adopted.

There is $70,000,000 set aside to build a high school. That money cannot be used to buy land, or be used for operating expenses. The voters approved local funding for the building project in 2001 and that is where part of the 70 million comes from. The balance comes from The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

The only appropriate land on which to build a high school currently owned by the board is the land on which Lorain Admiral King is located. It is not my 1st choice. While it will take additional funding to build on a neutral site, as suggested in a citizens committee report to the school board in 2008, I believe that the money could, and must, come from sources other than local taxes.

I will close with the words appearing in the motto of the E.W. Scripps newspaper company, “Give light and the people will find their own way”. Perhaps that is why the company logo was a lighthouse.

Jim Smith


Entry filed under: city of lorain, education, personal opinion.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grammy  |  March 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    And . . . as a Board member you could have pushed for full disclosure. You could also have looked at other sites that have been suggested and not appeared closed minded. You could explain just how the BOE can even consider other sites where we don’t own property. You have a high school site that was and could be again, located in the downtown, but let’s not consider that, it would look like a mistake. Ooops, I forgot, we need to put a middle schools there since we need to build around the lead bullets still underground. That site was good enough for 100 years, I remembr having to travel from that site to the stadium for practicres, didn’t hurt us at all.

    Sorry, but you sound like you are offering excuses before the fact as a citizen or a board member.

  • 2. Brian  |  March 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Seventy Million to build a new school and getting a nickle more from the citizens will be like pulling teeth, expecially since the schools are asking for a levy at this time also.

    I am not as opposed to building at a newer site, but there are folks and people that are in charge or “handling the dollars”, so where are the disclosures and where is the guidance?

    Somebody, I am sure it doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist, should be coming out and explaining to the public the COST SAVINGS that building a consolidated school will bring NOW so it doesn’t sound like an excuse later.

    New building means that maintenance costs are reduced for the two existing schools.

    A new high efficiency HVAC system is less expensive to operate so there are reduced utility costs.

    Duplication of classes that had few students will create efficieny and possibly provide the opportunity to provide new classes.

    “Smart rooms” with sensors that turn on and off electricity reduce utility costs.

    My suggestion would be to have someone that knows how to do math, we should have a couple of folks in the system that can do this. take the operating costs of the two schools, add them together, then project the maintenance costs over the next five years.

    Subtract the expected costs of the new facility to determine the costs savings and then “leverage the savings” to determine what can be spent on property.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  March 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    As I have stated how can I make an educated decision on something when I don’t know that what , the where, the who and how much….

  • 4. Brian  |  March 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    The second someone shows where money can or is going to be saved, someone else wants to take/ use it for something else so the only way to “get er done” is to tax the residents more because the money that they get now isn’t ours, like we would think, but a raise for some as others get pink slips.

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