Some are understandably concerned about the costs associated with the proposed New Paltz Middle School upgrade given the fragile state and challenges of our current economy. However, it is precisely this current economy that brings important cost savings, including lower construction bids and lower interest rates for the necessary loans, which should encourage support for moving forward with the upgrade, NOW.
Moreover, initiating the middle school upgrade now would be promising for economic recovery, providing brighter prospects for workers and business owners in our community. The upgrade will mean more jobs and increased demand for goods and services.
The primary reasons that we support the project are focused on our responsibility to provide a safe, secure and efficient public school -- one that fully supports high-quality teaching, the learning of all students and the future of the planet.
How can we postpone or defer such a responsibility? For us, doing so is not only wrong, but also unwise and harmful to the economy and the environment.