I was surprised to learn from Mr. Baker's letter to the editor that he is now credited as a resident of Pocopson Township. I was unaware that he had moved from Birmingham Township. I believe it would be most accurate to list his place of residence as Roanoke, Va., where he is employed full time by that area's school district. He spends at least four days a week in Roanoke.While he begs to see Mr. Knauss' and Mr. Hellrung's plan to provide our district with neeed facilities, he and the school board completely ignore a truly viable proposal to reconfigure our district. Reconfiguration into a K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 district could save our taxpayers $20 to $30 million in new construction costs. Similarly, a K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 reconfigured district could cut new construction costs by $16 to $24 million.
I am sure that when renovations costs are clearly discussed by the board and receive the needed public scrutiny that additional costs savings can be made without detracting from the education of our students.
Mr. Baker must stop living in his "fairy tale" world. He must stop devoting his efforts at criticizing Act. 1 and stop looking for ways to circumvent this state law. He must make the effort to understand Mr. Knauss' and Mr. Hellrung's viewpoints. He is not working to better our school district, but he definitely should be. It is a mystery to me why Mr. Baker ran for re-election last November. It is time for him to resign from the school board so that a full time area resident can be appointed to represent Region B in the U-CF school district.
It is also time for the school board to get over the defeat of their referendum last November and to start realistic planning for our districts facilities needs.