Writing Towards a Better Future
By: Sean Guay
Harrisburg, PA – Dreadful; Terrible; Horrible; Crime Scene
“I went into the restroom it looks like a crime scene, the one door to the stall is missing” – Jennifer Snavley
Otto V Banks: You can start by asking Mr. James “Jimmy” Pianka and Bill Gretton.
These are the first reactions from Harrisburg citizens after viewing the original Facebook post by Jennifer Snavley, who recently made a visit to the school during a parent/teacher conference.
The 1st thing I seen was the holes in the ceiling.
Then I had to pee so as i went into the restroom it looks like a crime scene, the one door to the stall is missing (I didn’t pee and feel bad for the lil girls that have to use it) not to mention the boys bathroom smells like shit and the walls are hot pink..
Our kids spend 8+ hrs in this building 5 days out of the week. I’m a disgusted..
I know “girls on the run” is going to paint the girls restroom (not sure when) but we need to fix the problems 1st not just paint over them..
(A dozen more photos exist)
In response to this post being circulated on facebook, many concerned citizens of Harrisburg provided feedback.
Kevin Butts: I think the school board members need to do spot inspections of the cleanliness of the schools facilities after a meeting I had with two of the members they solely rely on parents complaints and do inquiry about the issues but the follow up about it getting done is what’s lacking.
Beau Brown: If this were a private company, the city codes department and city fire marshal would have shut the building down.
Otto V. Banks: The Harrisburg school district has an annual budget of $145 Million Dollars. The City of Harrisburg’s general fund budget is approximately $61 Million dollars!! Explain how a school district that is coterminous with a city has a budget that is twice the size of the city’s budget that it resides? Ms. Snavley’s post sickens me! Harrisburg needs a checkup from the neck-up if you put these same people back in office!!
Sean Guay: These figures speak to the amount of responsibility that the school board directors have. They must be held accountable by their constituents and stand tall for the students of this district.
Can you provide any insight into the various forces that influence the directors decisions. Do you believe the past failures are related to political conflicts, or due to incompetence of the directors?
Otto V. Banks: You can start by asking Mr. James “Jimmy” Pianka and Bill Gretton. I believe they would have better insight into the financial workings and missteps of the Harrisburg School Board. Mr. Gretton testified in the Attorney General’s Grand Jury Presentment. Click on the blue hyperlink “Criminal Complaint and Grand Jury Presentment.”
Look for more coverage on Otto V. Banks, James “Jimmy” Pianka, and Mr. Gretton’s testimony in a future Harrisburg100 follow up.
Jennifer Snavley’s cause to help the school has started a fund, follow this link.
Otto V. Banks: the community helps by paying its taxes. People should not have to volunteer to fix something that should be paid for out of a multi-million dollar budget that’s larger than the entire City of Harrisburg’s budget!
FOLLOW UP: PART II – Officials knew of safety conditions for months
Potential Mold & Harrisburg Wikileaks Preview
Otto V. Banks statement
Harrisburg100 calls out Raging Chicken Press
The response from Raging Chicken
Writing Towards a Better Future