Perhaps it's just an oversight. Or maybe it's a lack of public relations moxie.
When the Armstrong School District Board of Directors voted 7-0 to spend $468,000 on architect's plans for an athletic complex at its new Armstrong Junior-Senior High School, it was done with very little discussion. Certainly, it is the province of school directors to plan and vote on such things.
But it would be beneficial to hear some more dialogue with the public when spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a new school campus.
Debilitating disagreement — under which the former Armstrong School Board suffered — is one thing. But a vigorous public discussion on such projects would at least give taxpayers and voters the sense that they are involved.
South Bend resident Adam Grafton rose in the audience to object to the expenditure, but he received no serious rebuttal.
The administration's and the school board's excitement over the new high school has been a bit of a wet blanket. Shouldn't this be something that they should be trumpeting at every turn? It is not even big news on the district's own newsletter.
After all, a new school is expected to be a big aid to area growth and affects everyone's life.
The district could use some cheerleaders off the field, if not better communicators.
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