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The transportation needs of students at Lincoln would be the same as Wa-Hi (as they are drawn from the same pool of students). Alternative locations (such as the field on Tietan across from the Fairground) would be just as reasonable as the current location. A new school would cost at least $16M, possibly as much as $75M - depending upon needs - and there is almost no parking available at Lincoln. If some other location were chosen - pick one - then the land acquisition/prep should be less than $3M... and you'd still have Lincoln as an asset.
The rationale of destroying the property to save it... sounds a lot like the Blue Mountain Mall. And where do the kids go to school during the time of the new construction? Certainly not at the demolished Lincoln.
These kids need our support. We shouldn't let the efforts to 'do good' cloud our financial judgement.
The old school itself has asset value...land, structure, location. It could be office space for Police/Fire or any other facility that doesn't need fancy facilities (READ: School District Offices). The sale or repurposing of this land could help defray future costs. The New School should be on the Bus Route... Issacs? Myra? Pine Street?
My fear is another "committee" that comes up with a solution that allows for no-other-common-sense alternatives - like Athena sprung complete from Zeus's head - fully formed an mature. It may be that the rubish-and-rebuild is the best solution - but I've rarely found Walla Walla Schools or City Counsel open to such alternative ideas.
How about we convert Berney to the New Lincoln.. and build a new Berney?
One of the missions of a Parent is to provide good moments/memories for their kids. The Drive-In is one of the best memories of childhood. We're blessed to have the MF Drive-In in our area.
By almost any measure the economy is doing worse. I don't know the statistics, but in my own life I see more unemployed, more businesses closing... even those that opened up just last year. Small Business is being hurt. If you're not in a Trade (and even if you are) times are very tight.
Travel to Seattle. I see plenty of activity. The West Side has gathered for itself the major transportation, luxury, industrial, governmental... etc... businesses. Small towns have a hard time surviving.
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