Washington Community High School needs improvements

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

In its last meeting, the Washington Community High School board of education decided to table seeking architectural services until the legal notice could be reworded.

The reason was Brian Butler’s hesitation over the language. The original notice said school officials were considering an addition. See story on page 1.

School board members have been assessing the high school and the need for improvements.

They have reached the conclusion that the school is in dire need of, at the very least, renovations.

Improvements have already been made; however, more can be done.

Some teachers share classroom space, and the building is not energy efficient. The district sinks dollar after dollar into energy costs that could be used elsewhere.

Many residents argue that the school saw higher student numbers in the past and handled them.

But, this was before there were computer labs. The high school has several rooms, that while empty during certain periods, are dedicated classrooms.

In other words, they are used for a specific purpose. They are computer labs and industrial arts rooms.

Keeping that in mind, school officials want to contract for architectural services to assess the current facilities, as well as the district’s needs and wants.

While it was not required to ask for the board’s approval on the publication of the legal notice stating the district’s intent, it was a good idea.

Superintendent Dr. James Dunnan said he was uncomfortable going ahead with the notice without first presenting it to the board.

The original wording made it sound as if the administration would forego the possibility of renovations in favor of a new addition.

While an addition would be optimal, the possibility of renovating the school should not be ignored.

Whatever comes of the architectural assessment, what is done with the high school will ultimately come down to voter approval.

We only hope that when the time comes, Washingtonians will decide future generations are worth the best high school they can get.