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October 9, 2013

Having one public high school would benefit in many ways

I have followed with great interest the articles concerning the need for a new Allegany High School.

As a grad of AHS I agree with the letter of Bill Simpson stating the need for one large Cumberland High School as opposed to the cost of building only one school (“Better one ‘super’ school than two small ones,” Oct. 8 Times-News). The No. 1 concern should be the overall long-term expense of having two schools instead of consolidation.

A recent survey on AOL’s Huffington Post showed Cumberland as the eighth poorest city in the country, although I question the validity of that survey I realize that the economic situation in Cumberland has deteriorated greatly over the years and the cost of building a new school would make it even worse.

I also feel that the one school concept would bring the people of Cumberland closer and make for a stronger school both from an academic and sports perspective. It would be much easier for the city to get behind supporting one large high school than to continue to support two schools.

I also agree to the location of a new school being on top of the mountain so it will overlook the entire city.

Best of luck and remember, Cumberland’s history engulfs all of its graduates and not just AHS or Fort Hill High School.

Bob Leasure, Class of 1954

Abingdon, Va.

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