Deseret News
Letter to the editor

Now that the citizens in Granite School District have approved a $238 million bond, the district needs to be accountable to provide realistic projected costs for the option to preserve Skyline High School and compare that with the costs of demolishing the old building and building a new one. Unfortunately, decisions like this are often made on emotional appeals without fully considering the alternatives. For example, $30 million to entirely upgrade the building and seismically retrofit it sounds exorbitant. But five years ago, it took $75 million to build a new Olympus High School. Why not entirely restore and upgrade Skyline to be a striking piece of midcentury architecture that is safe and fully functional? Restoring historic buildings is environmentally responsible, a true 21st-century value. Then give the leftover money to teachers — the most important factor in a good education.

Kathleen Stanford