When is the Board of Education going to bite the bullet and build a new Harding High School? (And a new Bassick High as well?)
It’s not just kids and teachers subjected to antiquated learning and working environment, it’s also the kids facing shock treatment as they segue from the modern technology of new middle schools into a hell hole. What is the price tag of a new high school, $150 million? The state pays for 80 percent of it. What does it cost the city in businesses that will not relocate here because of high schools out of the Stone Age? Of course, the BOE cannot do this without help. There must also be the will to push this by the city’s state legislative delegation. If it’s not a priority of local lawmakers to press the state for the dough it won’t get done.
The big issue, say supporters of a new school, is lack of land. Where to build a new Harding? Any suggestions? Maybe we should dust off some of those alternative sites for Jodi’s Jail. Or why not level Harding, build on existing land and relocate students temporarily. Maybe in some buildings at UB?
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