I remember in high school when a bond passed for an improved campus that made school better to attend.
Back then, it was adding buildings and most importantly, air conditioning.
It was the best thing that ever happened – to be walking new halls and entering a real foyer entrance of a school. Just the addition of A/C made the learning environment so much more pleasant.
Silsbee ISD is attempting to do that same thing. Improve a learning environment that our future needs.
A new elementary school will provide a comfortable home for students of Silsbee ISD while providing state-of-the-art safety.
While walking through Kirby Elementary last week, it was, well let me bluntly say, appalling to see the shape of some of the areas of the school.
Rotten areas, holes in the wall, makeshift repairs on A/C units that look extremely old – but that is just what you see. Take a sniff and it smells musty, which to me, would not be healthy.
According to numerous administrators in the building, it isn’t uncommon for teachers and students to miss school because of breathing issues. So if one has asthma, it isn’t good to work or learn in that sort of environment.
During the last bond proposal, I walked the halls of Read-Turrentine, which was even worse. I was even told that a cat had made its way inside the building the morning before because of holes in the walls that are exposed to outdoors. How safe is that?
A lot of people understand there is a need and most think that a temporary fix will do the trick.
Maybe so, but if I’m going to pay a slight higher property tax, I’m thinking just build a new school. Seems a little bit more logical to me.
A temporary fix is just that – temporary. In a few years, we are back to square one. And sadly, some that oppose may not even be with us any longer, which leaves a younger generation in a quandary.
Nobody likes to pay more money than what they want. But for a small difference, we can make a big difference for our youth and educators.
And remember that people are visual. When new, potential residents drive into town, looking for a place to live and drive to the schools campuses, it will make it that much more inviting.
Putting a foot forward is what Silsbee needs. Forward thinking garners positive results.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have elementary kids anymore, and I’m still voting yes. Because I think our kids need a better place to learn.
And if you don’t like it, then so be it. At least practice what are forefathers gave us – make a difference and vote.