What is the

cost of the health of a child?

What should we pay for health insurance for teachers?

A study done by USA Today proves Dunbar Primary School has some of the worst air in the district, only outranked by David Bacon. (See http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/school/69380). Yet individuals complain they cannot or will not pay to keep Tallmadge children and teachers healthy.

Let's pay for another sports complex, because of safety issues. But let's not discover if our children are suffering from asthma or breathing disorders because there is mold and chemicals left in a building built in 1950 -- at the height of post-World War II construction, when asbestos reigned king, and lead was rampant in paint. Don't forget, the rubber factories that made Akron great spewed chemicals into the air making the great-grandparents of our current students sick with cancer, and COPD.

Teachers are spending their own money on air purifiers to improve air quality something individuals who work in new or renovated buildings never experience. So we taxpayers must pay the electricity to run extra equipment!

Let's address comfort issues; the air goes out in your home, what do you do? In your office, how well do you work? Think of the children, with very short attention spans, attending classes in rooms that have been cut in half to make additional classes. They sit with five-six fans, trying to listen to lessons. Is it worth spending $100 or $200 more a year in taxes to build additional schools that will make learning spaces comfortable and healthy?

While children should not have everything they want, they should have everything they need. Dunbar, a 66-year-old building that has been sliced and diced into smaller sections to "serve" the needs of the students, is not what they need any more.

Vanessa Courie, Tallmadge