These articles in The Star prompted me to write this letter. The first indicated that the Anniston Board of Education is considering spending $9 million (possibly revised to $16 million) for a new school for our seventh- and eighth-graders. However, the enrollment for these grades has been steadily declining for many years, and last year we had only 143 seventh-graders and 157 eighth-graders, a total of 300.
The second article seemed much more prudent in that 12 classrooms and a science lab will be built at Ohatchee by the Calhoun County Board of Education. The “high-end” estimate for this project is $3.6 million, and assuming 25 students per classroom, it will also accommodate 300 students.
I strongly agree with Anniston Board of Education president Donna Ross when she expressed her misgivings regarding the $9 million project, and I strongly agree with board member Bill Robison, who called building a $16 million school a “ridiculous waste of money.”
Since we the taxpayers must ultimately repay a $9 million or $16 million bond issue, and since we should spend our money as wisely as possible for the benefit of our school children, please urge the Anniston Board of Education to heed the advice of Ross and Robison. Adding some classrooms for the seventh- and eighth-graders on the Anniston High campus makes a lot more sense.