School building plan unfair, but not unneeded

The Greater Clark County schools want an extra $165 million, surely the single biggest tax bite ever around here.

It is not fair.

It is not fair to property owners. A jump of hundreds of dollars is foreseeable for taxpayers. That is good money, as those of us without good money tend to say.

It is not fair to the school board, which inherited schools obsolete in most every way they can be. The board proposes a new high school in Charlestown and overhauled high schools for Jeffersonville and New Washington. Every envisioned science lab, furnace and cafeteria table should have been replaced long ago.

Then again, it is not fair to students to learn in atmospheres miles from ideal for teaching. Plus schools reflect communities. They shout an area's priorities.

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