My editorial on the problems facing the students of Scott High School sparked the ire of some viewers. Here's a look at some of the emails I received.
Jay is really unhappy with me. He writes: "I can't believe how close-minded you are. To tear down Scott and replace it with something that will most likely be outdated and an eyesore within 20 years is ridiculous. ... Scott is a classic design, it fits with the Old West End."
Vane concludes that I have somehow insulted the community: "These issues should have been dealt with long before now. Year after year Scott has been over-looked, allowed to fall into ruins. If Scott were part of your community you would be singing a different tune."
Cindy has a different opinion: "... I think we need to move into the future not stay in the past. The important thing is the students. Let's give the students a safe, healthy and up-to-date school to learn in."
For the record, I didn't say it -- and I know Superintendent John Foley never said to tear down Scott High School. I did say the students are being shortchanged because no solution has been proposed for this problem.
A new school would cost about $25 million plus the price of the land. The cost of renovating the entire school is about $40 million. The state requires a complete renovation if state funding is used.
If Scott is partially renovated -- which some people suggest -- the cost could come down. But a partial renovation is not supported by the state.
This means it would have to be done with private funds, which seems unlikely. Or a bond would have to be passed.