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New buildings aren’t always the best solution

Local historian explores some of the reasons why renovation is a worthy option

September 26, 2010
Messenger News

I admire anyone who is willing to serve as an elected official, especially on the local level. It is often a thankless job as they open themselves to conflicts and criticism. Nevertheless, I still feel an obligation to speak to the proposal to build a new middle school. We in Fort Dodge are embarking on a $27 million, possibly a $32 million, project to replace two schools. The reasoning behind the proposal seems very logical and compelling. Both buildings are relatively old and reason might tell us that they have outlived their usefulness and should be replaced with modern buildings more suitable to today's educational trends and needs.



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