Archive for Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Our view — THS project: What about those offices?

April 5, 2006

Construction at Tonganoxie High School is in full swing, thanks to voters' approval in November 2004 of a $25.3 million bond issue.

From all appearances, the new high school campus -- which will encompass the existing junior high and high school buildings -- will be a tremendous asset to the community.

But this new feather in Tonganoxie's cap has a flaw.

The school district's administration building, which sits in front of the new addition to the high school, detracts from the project. The low-slung administrative office building sticks out -- much as the Beverly Hillbillies' truck did when it was parked in front of their mansion.

It is highly commendable that district officials wanted the recent bond issue to center on construction that benefitted our students and teachers. But it would be a shame to spend millions of dollars on the project at our high school campus -- only to have it marred by the less-than-attractive office building.

The building should go -- and be replaced with a structure that better matches Tonganoxie's pride in its schools. As an alternative, perhaps the district's top administrator's office and the board meeting room could find space in the new high school campus. Or would the former church building be suitable quarters for the administrative staff?

Let's make our high school campus -- our entire high school campus -- something of which to be proud, both in terms of classroom performance and outward appearance.

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