To the editor:
We, juniors and seniors in advanced placement English at Indian Creek High School, would like to address the upcoming Issue 6 on the March 6 ballot concerning the building of a new high school for the district.
Throughout our years of attending this facility, there have been many issues that we feel need to be brought to the attention of the voters in this school district. Some of our students struggle to complete everyday tasks because our building is not handicap accessible. The steep stairwells and narrow hallways make it nearly impossible to maneuver throughout the building.
Many people do not realize that we are the most populous high school in Jefferson County, with nearly 700 students. The main building is unable to accommodate our large numbers. Twenty years ago, the district purchased portable classrooms as a temporary fix. However, the portable classrooms were not temporary at all. Weather conditions make trips between the buildings difficult and hazardous. In addition, using these portables forces us to keep the main building unlocked at all times. Though this has not been a problem for us, it's a potential threat to our security.
We have many talented students in our drama and music departments who cannot perform to their potential due to lack of space and resources. The proposed auditorium for the new high school would seat 700 people. Imagine, if you will, watching a play or band concert in an acoustically sound environment.
Unfortunately, our athletic department faces similar problems. We offer many sports to our students and, regrettably, there is always a shortage of practice space. This results in late-night practices on many occasions.
Since we are building on property we already own, there will be no cessation in education. Many do not realize the great impact a new school would have on the local communities that make up Indian Creek. We have only touched the surface of many problems we face and the tremendous benefits a new school will bring.
For information, visit www.facebook.com/ICLevy2012, and remember, one community plus one vision equals our future.
Member of the
AP English class
(Editor's note: This letter also was signed by the other 14 members of the class.)