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Jan. 28, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

School buildings must be maintained

You seem to be fixated on the age of a building as the indicator of when it should be replaced. The Jan. 23 story about the new Fort Gay elementary school says it is replacing buildings that were built in the 1930s. This very same theme was noted in the earlier story about the poor condition of the Crum Middle School. The principal there says that the Crum building is the oldest in our state to still house children. The age of a building has nothing to do with the quality of education.

Kenova Elementary School right now is conducted in rented trailers. People who are real teachers could and should be able to teach even if it is in a tent. Harvard is our oldest college. Massachusetts Hall located on the Harvard Yard campus is 293 years old, and classes are still offered in that building. Cambridge was founded by King Henry III about 800 years go. There are buildings at Cambridge that are hundreds of years old and still in use.

Crum Middle School is not the oldest school building still housing children. I do not know which one is, but I do know that the Woodrow Wilson High School building on Park Avenue in Beckley was built in 1924 and was open for business in 1925. The significance is this 88-year-old building is still in excellent condition and is the home of Beckley Middle School.

Instead of allowing buildings to run down and not be maintained, as is the case with the Crum school, Beckley's middle school was always kept in good shape and remodeled over the years with new heating, modern lights, insulating windows etc.

Fred Friar




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