This infrastructure problem needs to be addressed

Published 12:42 am Monday, March 27, 2006

By Staff
Michigan Senators this week have been hearing about the serious infrastructure needs of schools in the state.
Monday, the Senate Appropriations K-12 Subcommittee held a day-long hearing. This is an issue which needs to be addressed and the solutions will make a difference to the school districts in our area.
At the meeting, representatives from school districts, educational associations and research groups came to testify on the inadequate conditions of many school buildings and equipment and the inadequate funding many districts are receiving to fix the conditions, according to Sen. Ron Jelinek.
Jelinek also said the committee heard how many school districts are not able to afford the maintenance of or replacement of old buildings; many schools have inadequate heating, electricity, plumbing and air ventilation; and many students go to school in classrooms that are unsafe and not conducive to learning. Testifiers emphasized these conditions are worsening everyday.
We support Jelinek and appreciate his concern and recognize the importance that with the legislators help come up with a solution.