We want better schools.
Teachers, principals, workers and volunteers scrub, staple, tape and hammer at schools all over Decatur and Morgan County to put a fresh face on wrinkling and sometimes crumbling facades.
But schools are expensive. Middle schools cost upward of $20 million. A new high school will cost about $60 million.
You know what that means. The ‘T’ word will be uttered.
If we aren’t willing to add additional funding here and there for our schools, so be it. But we understand the consequences. Schools are being built in areas all around us, and that drives economies and home sales and values. A new school is an investment, and it’s a responsibility we all share.
Our leaders have the value of historically low interest rates to borrow dollars. But the bill still comes due, and it’s our responsibility to step up as taxpayers.
Like the doctor says: This will only hurt a little.
No schools are on the building blocks yet, so there’s no need to worry right now.
When the time comes, though, let’s be prepared to do what must be done to invest in our children and our future.
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