Board says modernization not canceled, just postponed.
At Wednesday’s Hart School Board meeting, a weary group of Hart High School staff sat in the audience waiting for their turn to speak. After all, the item they were interested in wouldn’t come up until after 10:30pm, in a board meeting that went until roughly 1:00am.
The Hart staff wanted to ask the board why their school, along with Placerita and Sierra Vista Jr. Highs haven’t gotten the critical improvements they need. The schools are by no means young, and staff has rallied to fight for basic improvements.
In fact, money was set aside for a modernization of the schools and the Hart staff came under the impression that the project had been canceled.
The Hart School Board explained that the project was not canceled, just that the funds it needed were not available at this time.
Instead, the board said that it would work to identify funds for fixes that needed to be done immediately.
“We have to figure out what needs are health and safety issues, what needs are state standard issues, like bathrooms. Then we can see how much it’s going to cost to get those fixed,” said Steve Sturgeon, board member.
After the board does as much as it can do now, then it may have to get creative to find the money to really make the slate of repairs the school needs, happen.