If I Had My Way, I Would Tear This Old Building Down
POTTSTOWN, PA – Today’s online and print editions of The Mercury contain a letter from former 12-year Pottstown School Board member Barry Haring echoing our sentiments on the future of Rupert Elementary School.
Tear down Rupert School
Regarding the infamous Rupert School, I certainly don’t want this letter to turn into a tennis match, but I could not keep myself from responding to George Wausnock’s opinion.
Any taxpayer money that is spent on Rupert School you may as well flush down the toilet. This building does not have any steel in it and cannot be expanded. It looks like it is out of the dark ages and cannot be made energy efficient. The bricks were made with ash and they keep expanding and falling out of the upper levels around the parapet, and who knows what is behind the walls.
When I served on the Pottstown School Board, I suggested we implode the building and still to this day stand by my word (it should have been done). At this stage of the game, the school board should expand Edgewood and close Rupert and sell it to the historical society for one dollar. Sorry folks, this is my opinion and it may be far out but that old building has had it.
BARRY I. HARING
Former School Board Director
You can also read the letter on the Mercury’s site here.
This is not a letter written by a one term board member. Haring, a veteran board member, served during the middle school renovation period, so he knows what he’s talking about.
Thanks for going on the record Barry.