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The Union County School Board this week had to decide whether to continue on a course of upgrading the electrical systems in its schools or set out on a different course.
The issue was whether the board should consider making an offer to purchase the Union County Co-op building on Bankhead Street to remodel for use as a band and chorale facility, an auditorium and for classrooms for advanced placement courses.
The board had to determine what it wants to do with at least the first $300,000 of $3 million in interest-free bond money that it expects to receive under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package. It has only a short amount of time to tell the state and federal government how it plans to use at least the first 10 percent of the money to be received.
After a lot of discussion, the board opted to spend $471,000 to upgrade the electrical systems, which also are needed to support technology improvements, at West Union, East Union and Myrtle schools. The improvements at Ingomar already had been approved.
Additional classrooms and other improvements are needed at the schools and may be funded with some of the rest of the bond money.
But down the road the Union County school board faces tough decisions. The district is creating a football program, a band program and hopes to expand academic offerings with advanced placement courses.
Those programs eventually will need to be centrally located somewhere and the district will need to consider acquiring land for the future.
But trying for a quick fix by purchasing a building hemmed in by development in New Albany would not have been the right choice. The board made the right decision.