School deserves approval, not more waiting

Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Having a longtime family connection with St. Joseph High School - beginning with my father, who graduated back in 1927, and then my brother in 1956, followed by my two children in 1991 and 1992 - I have been very attentive to the articles and personal comments and editorials being published in the Advocate regarding the proposed closure of one block of De Leon Street to provide a unified campus expansion of St. Joe.

I must say that I really do not understand why there are opponents of this facility's project, especially since it will not only provide a merged campus but also a community shelter. Of course, student safety is important, but I believe that the ultimate goal of the school is to maintain a cohesive campus. In my opinion, statements regarding a potential decrease in the number of entries and exits to this residential area do not outweigh this proposal.

It was truly a shock to read that a third vote needs to be taken before this is resolved when a majority of the city council has thus far been affirmative in their opinion. St. Joe has served Victoria for more than 140 years in a positive and progressive manner. Considering that its request of the city of Victoria will not be a "freebie" to the school, the school should be granted a positive answer without reserve on the part of the city council.

Barbara Pribyl Durocher (Nazareth Academy '64), Edna



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