Woody Sanderson & Brett Stanton

Attorney Woody Sanderson and Supt. Brett Stanton address the City Council during a public hearing on a proposed new property tax to replace Guntersville High School.

Supt. Brett Stanton was one of the first speakers at Monday night’s public hearing before the Guntersville City Council concerning a 9-mill property tax to build a new Guntersville High School.

He provided this copy of his remarks:

A growing body of research has found that school facilities have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes.

With respect to teachers, school facilities affect teacher recruitment and retention. With respect to students, school facilities affect health, behavior, engagement, learning and growth in achievement.

Thus, researchers generally conclude that without adequate facilities and resources, it is extremely difficult to properly serve students through the teaching and learning process.

I clearly understand improving the quality of school facilities is an expensive undertaking. However, when the positive impacts of facility improvements for students as well as faculty and staff are translated into dollar figures, the rewards of such investments far outweigh the cost of such financial investments.

Please keep in mind, there are very important facets related to school facilities without being classroom size and space.

A large body of research over the past century has consistently found that school facilities impact teaching and learning in profound ways.

While improving facilities comes at a financial cost, the benefits of such investments surpasses the fiscal costs. As I recently read “investing in education is a smart thing to do because it pays huge economic dividends.”

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