Letters: Build schools wisely

Published: Sunday, June 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Herriman High students leave school Friday, May 31, 2013. Jordan district putting together a 20-year growth plan for students.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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The Jordan School District has, and I suspect several other districts do as well, a major problem: the need for additional school buildings to accommodate anticipated growth, but a lack of funding to do so. I am a retired higher education administrator and have observed new school construction in other districts, e.g. Olympus High School in the Granite district. It appeared that this building had an excessive number of nonessentials that would not measurably contribute to the learning process.

It is fundamental that we provide the best technology, safety and other essentials as we design our public school buildings. Our goal, insofar as possible, is to provide both a quality and an incomparable learning experience for each student. We are doing a disservice to the students when we overly build in amenities that are merely for "comfort." That is not part of the real world in which they will inherit.

Let all parties concentrate on the basic educational and physical needs that will enable our children to be successful in the world of work. Then assure that the planners and designers utilize these as their blueprints, thus eliminating many of the "bells and whistles" that look good but do not necessarily contribute to a meaningful learning opportunity.

Sterling R. Provost

Sandy

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