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Letter: ‘Save the Horse’ Foundation Needed

The Aug. 19 edition of The Roslyn News contained a letter to the editor from Jim Kohler concerning the poor condition of the historic horse statue that stands in front of the high school building. There is no doubt that Mr. Kohler’s desire to have this iconic statue repaired is admirable. Unfortunately his letter contained some incorrect data.

For example, the district’s administration estimate the cost of repair would likely be closer to $100,000 rather than the $10,000 referenced by Mr. Kohler, if they could find someone skilled in such work. It should also be noted that his reference to the cost of Roslyn’s football field, approximately $750,000, for the most part was paid for by a gift from the “Bulldog Boosters” with funds ($600,000+) that they raised and donated to the district. (A similar fundraising project is under way by this group for the replacement of the high school field house.)

As a non-alumni resident I would like to suggest that rather than having the statue’s repair paid for by the Roslyn taxpayer, which could result in having needed funds directed away from the district’s critical educational or capital improvement priorities, it might be possible for interested alumni to create a gift-giving fund such as: “Save the Horse Foundation.”

Once this fund is established, whenever an alumni reunion is being planned, it could include a request for contributions and any alumni or resident could contribute to this special project to: “Save the Horse.”

Is there any interest among the alumni to set up this fund?

J. Walter Reed