Advertisement

Letter to the Editor - March 6

March 06, 2013

Moving BOE downtown helps everyone

To the editor:

I’m writing as a parent of two children who are getting a terrific education in Washington County Public Schools, as a taxpayer and as someone who has watched downtown Hagers-town wither away at an increasing rate.

It was such a pleasure to read recently about the idea to move the Board of Education headquarters to one of the many possible locations downtown. For once, this seemed like a good idea that made a lot of sense. Instead of ginning up a new scheme that might or might not work, just relocate a current set of workers with reasonable incomes to where they might spend a little money to support local businesses. The current Central Office clearly is in terrible shape and must be replaced. Doing it downtown helps everyone.

Instead, even from some of our board of education members, we hear the same old anti-urban fears about a lack of parking and “crime.” Perhaps once Hagerstown has knocked down all its buildings and everyone has moved away, these folks will decide there’s enough parking and no crime (as there will be no residents to commit it). Don’t look for any tax base, though, and get ready for major cuts in critical services that won’t be sustained by the shrinking pie.

These arguments against the move, naturally, are accompanied by a separate chorus of penny-pinchers who think that spending money on professional educators is a waste. How wrong they are. The good-paying jobs of tomorrow demand the very education our county schools are providing. Supporting our teachers with good pay and benefits is one of the best investments we can ever make.

Heidi Welsh
Boonsboro

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|