LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Closure is a bad idea
May 8, 2009 · Updated 7:30 AM
To the editor:
Closing the middle school seems like a bad idea.
Moving the sixth and seventh grades into the primary school seems especially wrong. The primary school was built for very young children who stay in one room all day. The classrooms are very small and cluttered with sinks, etc. The bathrooms are built for small bodies. There are no science labs, wood shops, home ec rooms, etc. Renovating it would be very expensive.
Moving sixth, seventh and eighth grades to the high school might work a little better, but are really double the facilities there? Are there enough science labs, etc. for a whole other school? Seems doubtful.
Meanwhile, the closed middle school will still have to be heated and cleaned and the grounds and building maintained. While these will surely cost less with the school closed, they will still cost a lot.
The proposed alternative uses for the school are either unlikely to bring in much money (farmers market, community center) or to be a very distant uncertain possibility (condos).
I support many of the cost-saving measures the superintendent is proposing, but closing the middle school seems like false economy.