2010-02-18 / Letters

Urges Analysis Of Space Constraints At SF

To The Editor:

I am writing in response to the recent article in The Fulton County News regarding the discussion of building constraints and possible construction project within the Southern Fulton School District. I wanted to take the time to share a few thoughts.

The article spoke of a lack of space within the school as a result of educational programming; this due to an increase in the number of students falling under the definition of special education. My understanding is that there has been no appreciable increase in the number of students in the Southern Fulton School District. If that is the case, then the problem we face is one of inefficient use of space, not a lack of it. I would suggest that the school board investigate the possibility of reconfiguring some of the rooms for smaller groups.

A fact that gives support to a conservative stance is the current state of our economy. We are still in the wake of a deeprooted recession that does not seem to be loosening its grip as quickly as we would hope. While there might be government money available for a school construction project, that may not be the core issue of concern. There are recurring costs that will possibly be a substantial amount for the tax base to absorb as well.

In conclusion, I was disappointed that there seemed to be a conclusion drawn about needing another school and/or additions to the current school(s), prior to a thorough investigation being performed as to whether we are efficiently utilizing what we already have. Architectural firms will gladly tell you what you want to hear. They will gladly spend the taxpayer’s dollar; however, that does not mean they are obligated to do it wisely. That is up to us.
Christopher L. Palmer

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