The heat directed at the school’s new athletic development simply isn’t justified
By Tate evans
When DHS students walked into the school after winter break, many of them were surprised about what had happened to the school’s skyline. While plenty had heard of the bond and how we were getting new sinks, it was apparently so long ago that everyone forgot about the new developments being built right next door. Surprised and feeling not consulted, some people understandably disagreed with the school’s decision to chop down a section of forest near the parking lots to make way for the football fields. In fact, some questioned even the reasoning as to why the school even needed new sporting fields in the first place.
All those concerns are fine and well, of course, and it’s the responsibility of every student to be knowledgeable and concerned about the impact we’re having on the environment around us. Keeping this in mind, however, there is a clear difference between un-notified, sloppy action and thought out, responsible planning, with the latter of which being exactly what we got after winter break.
Let’s start at the beginning. Many months ago, those with the power to kill or move forward on this bond were given quite clear knowledge of what exactly they were voting on. Besides being told in writing of the planned development, they were even shown an artist’s rendering of what the school would look like with the new sports fields, with the area depicted covering the spot where development is occurring today. It’s quite difficult to make the argument that nobody knew when those who cared enough about the bond to show up to the vote were provided with more than adequate materials detailing the proposed changes. At the end of the day, it’s fair to question if we needed the fields, but to question the validity and say no one was told is misleading at best.