Maintenance costs too much

To the editor:

Despite careful stewardship over the last 50 years, we cannot further extend the health and life of our school buildings. We cannot ward off the law of diminishing returns any longer. The balance has shifted and continuing to plow $150,000 to $200,000 per year into maintenance is not fiscally prudent.

Fortunately, we don’t need to. To educate Oberlin’s students, we need only half the 260,000 square feet of space we now have. Renovate and consolidate instead? The board’s already explored those options.

Building a new PK-12 centralized campus is the wisest long-term solution, with savings expected to reach $1.1 million per year — not to mention all the inevitable benefits to students, teachers, property owners, and community members. Jump at the chance to vote yes on Issue 11.

Mary B. McKee