North stadium a waste of money
To the editor:
I would like to make two observations regarding the North Hagerstown High athletic complex.
First: If the Hagerstown community is so flush that it would donate $2.5 million it would seem to me that it would be better directed to the Board of Education for the express purpose to reduce class size and/or acquiring computers and textbooks. This would have the added benefit of reducing the tax burden on the property owners. Incidentally, who picks up the tab for the upkeep of this project?
Second: I have resided on St. Clair Street since 1946. I first learned of the decision to build a senior high school on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1954. No public hearings were held. My opposition to locating a senior high school adjacent to a residential area was economic.
It dropped the resale value of my home some 30 percent. My opposition at that time was expressed to the board and was brushed off. I was later informed that because of cost considerations North High was to get a community auditorium and South High was to have a school stadium. North High would only have a practice field and all scheduled games were to be held at South High.