Our opinion: Time changes things

We’ve been puzzling over the metamorphosis of plans for Allegheny Valley Elementary School.

What was once a clear course for its closure has now become a muddy track, fraught with ruts and holes created by details.

Time, it seems, has a habit of changing details, giving history a slightly different bend.

It’s nothing new. Virgil said this of time: “But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail.”

Yes, in ancient Greece as now, the devil is in the details.

One of the details that bedevils us is the server farm that occupies Allegheny Valley Elementary School. For those not familiar with the term, a server farm is a collection of individual computers, tied together in a network, which handle the central filing and storage needs of a much wider network of computers. That is, when someone logs onto a computer at Eisenhower Middle/High School, a file server in Clarendon takes care of the data.

Server farms are important, and, apparently, according to the latest bend in plans for the future of the Warren County School District, as difficult to move as Mount Rushmore.

It wasn’t always that way.

On June 4, 2012, during the closure hearing for Allegheny Valley, it was portrayed as much easier.

“Ms. (Donna) Zariczny (school board vice president): As a follow up to that, Brandon (Hufnagel, then superintendent of schools), we talked about moving the central office and LEC (Learning Enrichmen Center) our to Russell, what do you envision of Allegheny Valley in knowing currently we have our technology there, are you envisioning moving that out of there (or) still keeping it at that operation?

Mr. Hufnagel: “I’ve actually already talked to the technology department. And because of the servers that we have now, we could very easily move those servers out to Russell Elementary and putting everything out there, which will allow us to fully close Russell – I’m sorry, Allegheny Valley.”

Of course, that superintendent is gone, having departed under unfortunate circumstances, and is unavailable to discuss the thinking 22 months ago. However, except for the superintendent position, virtually all of the administration from that time is still intact.

Yet, time does flee, and we remain imprisoned by details.