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I'll look at the report in more detail when I have time. Thanks for pointing it out. Isn't the chance at 33% of the students walking or biking to the school better than 0%? Not to mention the extra time and distance for those kids who do get driven from out of city limits on either side of town? I find it hard to believe that having all our elementary schools so close to each other is a smart move. Again, I'll look into it more when I find time. I am sure another article will pop up before the vote.
Thanks for helping clear that up Kevin. I don't like the contrast in time spent vetting the two different proposed projects either. Especially when you look at the difference in capital investment.
Designing to Snow Load is a given. It is easy to mess up roof design that increase the chance at ice dams that could reduce the life of the roof or cause leaks on year one. Michael has a very valid concern. Keep it simple.
What is the radius in miles used to define the neighborhood (I am sure there is some guidance on this)? What is the % of elementary school kids that reside in the "neighborhood" as defined around the what might be side by side elementary schools?
Any specific reasons why it is best to have the elementary schools in the same location vs in the neighborhoods where the kids live? Or, at least on the sides of town that we will see additional growth. I doubt any professional planner would build side by side elementary schools up in Strawberry Park if they had a clean slate and what almost feels like unlimited funds. A campus concept might not seem crazy to me if it is easily accessed. Increasing the number of parents weaving through Old Town to a side of town that will see almost zero growth in the future is the part that seems crazy to me. Please educate me on the advantages that outweigh what seems like an additional stress on the traffic up there.
Please have your demographics expert specifically address Scott W's criticisms. I cannot vote "Yes" until at least that issue has been addressed. I might be able to look past some of the other issues with this plan.
I don't know the details past what has been in the paper, but the school board turning down the field house (private funding) and then the pro 3A & 3B side saying they need more room ("physical education spaces") sounds really bad to me.
Is it smart to have 2 elementary schools in the same relatively hard to access location? It would seem better to spread out elementary schools. Easier to get kids to hike and bike to school if the distance between the neighborhood they live in and the school is short. Less traffic is a good thing.
Thanks George. That is a good read.
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