Lon Allan is right again. I agree that the proposed building of a new junior high school should be built on the property the school district owns at Del Rio. Building on this vacant property would be easy — no obstacles, just scrape and build ("Proposed junior high is unsightly,” Dec. 2).
At some point in the future, the choice downtown 20 acres could be sold to a developer for a price that would likely pay for the cost of building the junior high at the Del Rio property.
In the 1950s, a contractor proposed building houses on the two vacant blocks north of City Hall.
A resident protested, saying that this was where Atascadero’s downtown would grow. He was right, but the county approved the houses anyway. Someday, these homes will come down, and a commercial project will be built there.
The school board is composed of good people. They have a responsibility to do what’s best for the school district. They also have a second responsibility to do what’s best for Atascadero’s future. It is not too late to re-evaluate your decision.