Art Browner: Schools' fiscal gymnastics

July 5, 2013 

CW  Merced High v. McNair High Girls Basketball

CHRISTOPHER WINTERFELDT/cwinterfeldt@mercedsunstar.com Merced's Odie Bowers (11) gets bumped by a McNair player while in the air for a rebound during Merced High's basketball game against section contender McNair High of Stockton on Friday (1-4-13) in Merced at Clemons Court.

CHRISTOPHER WINTERFELDT

>I found it amusing yet sad to read that the Merced Union High School District has decided to make replacement of the gyms at Merced and Atwater highs a high priority when there are no funds available.

There can be no debate as to why the people within the boundaries of these two schools voted for Measure M — it was because the replacement of the antiquated, unsafe physical education facilities were part of the equation.

I am not in the position to say whether it was a gimmick, urge or dire need as to why the district redirected the funds from those projects in order to supplement the new high school, but I can say that it appears to be a direct misrepresentation of the voters' intent, therefore to now say that replacement of the gyms are a priority seems to be disingenuous.

I hope that the district is able to prove me wrong.

ART BROWNER

Georgetown, TX

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