Setting aside emotion, there are two reasons for the Palm Beach County School Board not to spend $6.7 million to renovate the old Roosevelt High School for an all-boys academy. The district has a severe shortage of construction, renovation and maintenance money, and the proposed academy hasn’t enrolled the necessary students.
That said, appeals to emotion are a big factor in this issue. Roosevelt, on Tamarind Avenue in West Palm Beach, opened on a different site in 1917 as Industrial High — the first black high school in Palm Beach and Martin counties. School board member Debra Robinson, the most influential supporter of establishing Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Young Men at the renovated facility, wants to reestablish the school as a community center.
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