It is difficult to imagine why the Atascadero Unified School District and the city of Atascadero could not have come to an agreement concerning the remodeling of the junior high so that all parties are winners.
It would seem that it would make more sense to sell the 20 acres downtown, profit from that, and build the junior high on San Benito Road. This scenario would bring beneficial growth to the downtown area, financial benefits to the school district and a win-win for all.
Although we live in the unincorporated area of the county, we are still within the Atascadero school district area, and I assume that a portion of our taxes are earmarked for this district. Surely all taxpayers in this district would like to see the city of Atascadero move forward in a positive growth pattern and at the same time know that the junior high can grow — can’t both be attained? Certainly, there is time and room for communication and an outcome so that all will benefit.