To the Editor:
Publicizing public expenditures permits the public an opportunity to comment and is a reason for communities to support local newspapers.
The April 12 issue of the Record, page 6, disclosed plans by the Yorkville Board of Education to replace the YHS Academy gym floor for a quarter million dollars.
Buckling required sandings which are close to exposing the tongues of the hardwood floor boards. A new hardwood floor is planned.
Presumably, correcting the cause of the buckling would be a significant cost, but does this require the whole floor replacement? Could thicker finish suffice? Do league court requirements play a part? Basketball games are played on some very poor surfaces.
Assuming about 10,000 residential and business properties are taxed to support the Academy, this $25 each. However, how many students play basketball – 100 or so? Any other courts available? Play all games away?
The spending priorities of the Yorkville school district seems skewed toward recreation: poor use of the “widow's mite”.
Alphonse I. Johnson