To The Herald-Whig:
Recently I sat in on a meeting of past mayors, representatives of the Quincy School Board and other officials. The main topic was the bond issue to be voted on next month and what effect it would have on the city of Quincy and the school system. Many points were brought up and suggestions were made by myself and others in attendance.
When I first heard of the bond issue and five new schools being built, my initial reaction was why? We have some nice looking school buildings -- from the outside. However, when I read articles and saw pictures of the inside of most of the schools, I was shocked at the conditions of the schools. The inside needed much repair and at a price that was just as much as tearing them down and building new schools.
I now feel that we need the bond issue to bring the school system up to date to accommodate handicapped children and improve technology. New schools would not require as much maintenance, and would be more economical with new energy efficient heating and cooling systems. We do need to bring our schools up to a standard Quincy can be proud of. The children of Quincy deserve the best.
Donald J. Heckenkamp Sr.
Quincy Mayor (1977)