Vote ‘Yes’ on PCMS

I am a strong supporter of high quality education, educational facilities, and educational experiences. Over the last several years, especially recently, I have become tremendously concerned about the physical facilities at Pulaski and Dublin Middle Schools.

Neither facility fully meets American with Disabilities requirements, has adequate cooling and heating, or adequate electrical capacity for technology-based teaching or resources required in today’s modern education. These are daunting, significant deficiencies, among many others affecting the infrastructure of the buildings. The Pulaski County School Board has studied the issue from many different angles and received estimates on various options for those two buildings.

Different angles included major renovations at each site or consolidating both schools into one school at the Dublin Middle School site, among others. In fact, results of one recent study showed the renovations and additions needed at Dublin Middle School to convert it to a consolidated middle school site would cost 87 percent of what building a new middle school would. Renovations/additions costs would also necessitate a tax increase. This is not fiscally responsible; the old building would require more “fixes,” and therefore, more money, as time progresses.

Collectively, Pulaski and Dublin Middle Schools have given this county 155 years of service. Now is the time for action. It is time to show the children of Pulaski County they are worth some sacrifice. It is time to build a new middle school that is safe, fully ADA compliant, and has the resources required for a modern education. Middle school occurs during a critical time of development; the transition from a child to an adolescent is incredibly challenging, even in the best environments. Let’s not keep making it even tougher on our county’s children. I strongly encourage you to vote YES for the Pulaski County Middle School referendum that will appear on our ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Amy J. Dawson

Pulaski, Va.

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