The Issue: The website of the Democratic candidates for Lower Merion School Board states: "Industry publications show that Harriton and LMHS are in line in size and cost with comparable school districts". In fact, for the past year, members of the community have been asking the current School Board and Superintendent to identify even one new high school, anywhere in the country, that is as big or as expensive as the proposed New Harriton and Lower Merion on a per student basis. The silence is deafening, leading to only two possibilities: (1) This Board thinks it is not accountable to the community at large, and can choose to ignore them; OR, (2) No such school exists.
The Facts: Below is a table comparing the proposed New Harriton and Lower Merion to other new high schools currently underway throughout the United States. All of this information is taken from the 2007 School Planning and Management Construction Report.