How much carpeting in a school?
How much carpeting do you recall having in your school when you went through K-12 education?
If you’re like me, you likely can’t recall much. Tiles covered floors in my schools. Perhaps the only carpeting I can even recall in my high school in the Dane County village of Marshall was in the teachers lounge, which I remember sneaking into one time.
So while the Janesville School Board voted Tuesday to dip more heavily than its policy would suggest into a reserve fund to cover the 2012-13 budget shortfall, it also agreed to spend upwards of $300,000 to replace carpeting in Marshall Middle School. The worst spots already have been replaced, but bad areas remain and pose tripping hazards and liability risks, board member Greg Ardrey reasoned.
OK, so maybe fixing the problem is reasonable. But just how much carpeting does the school have? My son attended Marshall Middle School when it opened more than 15 years ago, and I’ve been inside the school but can’t remember how much carpeting it has. And is carpeting in schools better and more economical than tile?
Full disclosure: Yes, I also walked to school far more than the vast majority of Janesville kids ever will these days. But there’s no truth to the rumor that horses pulled buggy-like buses back in my school days of tiled hallways.
Spending more than a quarter of a million dollars to replace just some of the carpeting in a school, however, just boggles the mind.