FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE
In one of my notebooks from the spring of 1964, I found the following draft of a speech.
The subject for our debate is unlike the others, in that it is purely of local interest.
The Richwood-Magnetic and Washington-York school districts have been united to form a single district called North Union, but each half of this new district still operates a high school. These high schools are small and not well equipped. The proposal has been made to build a new consolidated high school to serve the whole district.
If this were done, the present Richwood High School building would be vacated. The second speaker for the affirmative will suggest a use for this building. However, before we can start finding uses for the old building, we must build a new one.
There are several reasons why many people in this district are opposed to a consolidated school, not the least of which is a reluctance to spend the money.
But the outcome of the free world's struggle against communism may depend on the quality of education we are able to give our young people.
This building currently meets the requirements of the State of Ohio for an educational facility in some cases, just barely meets them. But the Byhalia-York high school is having trouble keeping its charter. Do we want to have substandard education in this area? We will have it if nothing is done. In fact, we already have it.
A new North Union High School building would have three great advantages over the present system.
First, there could be more room. No overflow study halls, no race to get a library paddle, no crowded classes and hallways, no shared lockers. There would be no need to eliminate senior girls' phys ed.
And, secondly, more and better equipment would be available for the students to use in the laboratories, in home economics, in the shower rooms, in the industrial-arts shop, in the library.
But the most important advantage of a consolidated school would be the higher quality of courses which would be offered. These courses could be specialized to fit different groups of students, such as slower learners or those especially interested in advanced work.
So we see that there are three reasons to build a new, larger school: more room, better equipment, and a better education.