I am a 13-year-old eighth grader in the New Paltz middle school. In kindergarten I learned a valuable lesson. That lesson is to be able to determine the difference between a need and a want. This applies to many things. Whether you need or want the latest iPod, need or want a birthday present, and pretty much need or want anything.
The reason I am talking about needs and wants is because of our need to renovate the New Paltz middle school. For example, the boys' bathroom in the sixth-grade wing has three sinks. Two of them do not work. One of them has only hot water.
Also, in my social-studies class we are constantly disturbed by music coming from the band room. This is an unnecessary distraction that interferes with learning.
Another example, maybe the most urgent one, is heat. In the winter the heat in classrooms is either way too cold or way too hot. On the third floor, in some classrooms, the temperature has risen to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
I know it may be hard to listen to an opinion from someone who doesn't even pay taxes. But please, please, do not vote against the renovation because of the money. Please vote for the renovation because it is a need, and we will have to do it eventually.