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Also, this has seemed rushed to me. Doesn't really matter how many meetings you had if you didn't reach out to the community. The first I remember of this in the paper was just a few months back. I'm sure families with kids in school knew long before that, but I'm not so sure about the rest of us.
So, I think it's understandable that people have the feeling that this was rushed.
At the moment, I'm planning to vote No. I think we can do better. Yes folks have made several arguments as to why this has to happen right now, but I've found none of them compelling. I plan to talk with more people who will be affected by this and see what they think. Also, I've yet to hear a solid, unequivocal reason for why the high school must be moved right now.
I wish they'd separated the high school issue from the rest of the plan.
Plus, frankly, I don't like some of the marketing tactics the Yes people have been employing.
That said, I'm not adverse to changing my mind if I'm convinced otherwise.
I was wondering the same thing, Eric.
Thanks, Chris. I'd love to hear from more high school and middle school teachers.
I'm just glad that younger people don't seem as afraid of the S word as the older crowd. We might be able to optimize our mix of socialism and capitalism and come up with something that better enables anyone to climb the ladder while limiting the upper 1%'s ability to manipulate the system.
I'm kind of confused:
On the Yes website, it says there are no current plans for the existing high school building. But under benefits to the middle school, it says it will move to the existing high school:
move to the existing high school to alleviate overcrowding and provide improved educational programming and athletic space while retaining middle school “pod” (grade clustering) concept.
I'm sure I'm missing something. What's the scoop?
It's been my experience that people only start spewing out more reasons you've absolutely got to do something when their original reasons turn out to be bunk. We've seen this on the national stage more than once.
And when the college board people tried to include more info about protests and unrest and wrongdoing by the government in AP American History courses, Right-wingers jumped all over them for creating an anti-American curriculum. Ya just can't win.
"Government schools teach precisely what they want students to know and will not teach what they don’t want them to know."
Well, gee wiz. Kind of like any other type of school, I'd wager.
I just worry that we're being presented with one plan that may not make the most sense. Kind of an all-or-nothing thing. How about breaking it into portions? Seems like you could get more support that way. Obviously, the high school relocation doesn't seem too popular, and I have a feeling that goes well beyond this blog.
And by the way, prior to probably June, I had no idea this was in the works. Was there ever an article in the paper describing all the plans? Just curious because I usually skip over school-related stuff. Would I have come to a meeting? Doubtful. But this whole process would not seem so rushed.
I also agree that if you're "Citizens for a Better Plan," you probably oughta describe such a plan. Based on a quick perusal of the website, I don't see it. It sounds, though, like the relocation of the high school is the crux of their opposition. This is reminding me of the police station in Rita Valentine at the moment.
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