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Comments for: Newport school officials to decide whether to renovate or replace buildings

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  • Anonymous

    Ahh, there ya go, another excuse to spend $40-60,000,000 on a new school.  What the heck, all the other towns are doing it and dang, Maine has money to spare.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the school isn’t good enough to rehab for the high school kids but hey, lets rehab it for the middle school kids!

      • Anonymous

        On the surface, it certainly seems a less than ideal solution.  I rehabed a poorly done addtion to my house; it turned out to cost 85% of what a teardown/replace would have; the rehab had several compromises that would not have existed in a full replacement.  I saved about $6500 but still wonder if what I had to give up in functionality was worth it.  I watched the school district in a town where I lived for 25 years make the same sort of decision; they rehabed an existing school and added on to it in order to close and sell a second school; they made major compromises too.  My point is simple if wordy: on the surface, it may seem less than ideal; but one has to look very closely at real plans, options and long term implications.

    • Anonymous

      Gushing negatives will not solve the physical plant problems for our schools.   Do you have any ideas that address this complicated situation with possible solutions?   Your negativism can have a place only if it directed toward a viable end result.   Spewing invectives may make the spewer feel better but it does not promote the general welfare or common good.   Sorry, Mr. Picklewalker, you are too sour for my taste.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I do have some idea’s.  First, nix the brick and mortar behemoths with 3 story glass facades that incorporate unproven yet expensive energy technologies and sport university class athletic fields alongside student performance centers.  Forget air conditioning.  Millions and millions of kids went to school without air conditioning.  Then build a single story (wooden maybe!) school that has first class laboratories and internet availability.  No fancy after school crap that requires special facilities or after school busing.  Speaking of busing, stop bussing kids 100 miles to play a dang game of baseball/football.  Cut the swimming pools, equestrian centers, or other fancy “don’t you want your kid to be proud of their school” costly add ons to the budget.  Then pay the gosh darn teachers a living wage!  Those are my idea’s Sir.

  • Anonymous

     “A possibility is moving five elementary schools into the two middle
    school buildings, thus reducing the number of school buildings in the
    eight-town district from eight to four…”

    “Some of the discussions have been having a regional, central middle
    school for grades six through eight,” he said. “Changing to a six
    through eighth grade — approximately 600 kids could fit in the basic
    building structure [of the current high school].

    Here we go, RSU 19 parents who do not live in Newport- especially those from Etna/Dixmont.  If Braun (or after 1 July Potter) gets his way,  our children will in the future travel to the current location of Nokomis for every day of their education from pre-k to high school graduation.  From the Newburgh/Dixmont town line that has to be nearly an hour on a school bus each way for a dozen years- and heaven knows how difficult it will be for parents to be involved with all their children’s schools parked on the Williams road in Newport.  It’s bad enough that the “district wide” nonsense begins as early as 4th grade band concerts (that happen, naturally, at the Somerset Middle School building across from Nokomis)- but now the RSU19 brain trust is  seriously considering closing schools like EDS in order to concentrate all its students around Nokomis to cut down on the snow plowing bill???  Please tell me that I am suffering an unfortunate break with reality this Monday morning. 

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