My husband works at an elementary school that is over 100 years old. Oh, how wonderful, you may say. A true historic building. It must be awesome to work in a building with such history and fabulous architecture behind it. Thousands of little school children have entered the hallowed halls of Davis Elementary School. Many are long gone, dead and buried. Many are grandparents or even great grandparents to some of the children who now attend their alma mater. And there are many, many wonderful stories and memories they could share about their time at Davis. I'm sure if you had a trained eye, you could see great architecture in the walls at Davis. And, yes, it does have a lot of history. But, unfortunately, the history these days that the staff at Davis is hoping NOT to go down in the books is that of the entire roof caving in while school is in session. And they cross their fingers in the winter time that heating will work. Not too long ago my husband and the other faculty had to conduct parent-teacher conferences wearing coats and hats and gloves - - because the furnace was not working. Yes, it is 100 years old, but even more than 100 years of history, it has 100 years worth of wear and tear and problems that cannot be addressed adequately due to the school's age. Purely for safety purposes it is time to get a new school.
The citizens of the city in which Davis resides have voted down three (yes, THREE) bonds to build a new school. They are either uninformed or uninterested. I go with the latter. The school district has gone to great lengths to inform the citizens of the reasons for the new school. So, why else would they vote "no" other than they don't care or . . . well, they don't care. Next month is another bond vote. We are hoping that the citizens will have had an awakening and that the fourth time will be the charm.
Wish us luck. If this next bond is voted down, I will again sit on the edge of my seat everyday hoping not to hear the news that the walls have fallen in on 100 year old Davis Elementary School.