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Renovate Chapin High School

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We, the student body of Chapin High School in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, are displeased by the recent delays in our school building's renovations. These renovations were guaranteed by a vote in our community, approving a bond referendum. This vote occurred in November, 2008. These renovations have been halted due to an appeal and lawsuit from Kim Murphy, a current candidate for the School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties Board. Due to these legal protests, over three hundred students in the Class of 2013 will not enjoy the renovations originally scheduled to end in 2012. As a student body, we are disappointed that approximately 1,200,000 dollars have and are being consumed to combat these legal actions. This money comes out of the funds provided to renovate our school. If these legal actions are not abandoned by Kim Murphy, more money may be wasted. In such times as today, education is more important than it ever has been; law suits must not be allowed to disrupt the delicate learning processes and environments in and by which we, and our comrades, learn. As the people directly impacted by all decisions in education, we deserve the outstanding athletic, fine arts, and academic facilities for our thirteen hundred students. These renovations will include indoor areas large enough for our entire student body to safely gather in addition to safely constructed indoor classrooms to replace the temporary portable classrooms that have been in use for the greater part of a decade. We request that Kim Murphy abandon her legal actions against School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. If she will not, then we ask the judicial system to dismiss this case so that the renovations of Chapin High School may begin as soon as is reasonably possible. It is already too late for many students at Chapin High School. If these legal actions are not dropped, it may be too late for yet another class of students. We implore those involved to put politics aside and put the interest of the students of Chapin High School into the forefront.

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