by Grand Forks Herald
March 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Grand Forks Public Schools has acquired the YWCA building at 121 N. Fifth St. and the building at 211 N. Fifth St. Demolition of the YWCA building could begin this week. Continue Reading
Tags: Central High School, Civic Auditorium, GF and EGF, grand forks historic preservation commission, grand forks public schools, North Dakota, YMCA 4 Comments »
So , they sold the civic center and their parking lot for $1 and now have to put up nearly $600,000 to get their parking back? Why didn’t they just sell the civic ceter and keep the other lot so they did not lose their parking? There has to be a good reason they sold that parking lot with the civic center I just have never heard it.
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Phil, while I agree with the premise of your comment, keep in mind that the city and the School District are two separate entities. While both are supported by taxpayer dollars and we’d expect them to coordinate their activities, they are separate; the city owned and sold the old civic center and the school district bought the lots mentioned in the article.
What I question is the unfettered expansion of schools in the name of “education”. I don’t agree that the school has a responsibility to provide parking so that students can drive their own vehicles. The school should provide reserved parking for the faculty and staff. The school already provides an adequate bus service for students. In my opinion, parking is only necessary because it is more convenient for parents and relieves them from the responsibility of securing transportation for their children to and from school. Driving your own vehicle to school is not a necessary part of the educational process; it is not a necessity for a vast majority of students, it is a convenience. It wasn’t that long ago that students driving their own vehicles to school was the exception, not the rule.
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Yes, I thought about that this morning as well. They are not obligated by any means to sell that lot to the school district. If the school knew they would need that lot why didn’t they make an offer on the lot, which sold for a dollar. Sad to see two not working together for the better intrest of the people they represent.
I do agree that the district gets away with a lot of because it is all in the name of “edication”. That is where I think a lot of supporters of measure 2 feel a “yes” vote is there only way of telling the park district and school district they are not happy with the way local property taxes are spent.
Your point about offering parking for students makes sense as well.
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Wow, a comment section with logic and respect for other commenter’s, I better stay out of this one. Good Job Phi and Joe! You both deserve two thumbs up.
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