Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WDT: Mega K-4 Proposed

   In the America I grew up in, the neighborhood schools were the rule and walking to school, or taking part of being a crossing guard was central to getting a good start in life.
    Now everything is consolidated. In many cases it's into massive school gulags far from population centers like in Carthage.
    Now Watertown wants to consolidate further....creating one massive school for K-4 citywide.
      Included would be a plan to abandon North Elementary and Starbuck Elementary. They can join the fire station when it closes and the North Side League, already gone. In the once heated battle between the two sides of the river, the southsiders won.
     That would leave the last of the neighborhood schools empty, as if that hasn't happened enough.
      Oh yes, the new building would be 85% state funded, so it free, free, free.
      Everybody on the bus, Gus. Headed to the Fargo Campus, don't you know.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-school-officials-consider-possible-long-term-district-consolidation-north-side-schools-could-close-20160308

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its all about "efficiency" Jeff. The same thing you and Andy advocate for in all the "too small" municipalities. How else are you going to fold and hide the expenses of such essentials as a diversity counselor coordinator into the mix and get away with it?

Anonymous said...

If you remember the "battle" between 2 areas was waged years ago with Sherman St. School, Meade St. was sold to the County, it was a more modern school than Sherman, but influential people saw than Sherman stayed open, and Millions were pumped into it, wonder why they didn't use the Reserve Center as a school??

Anonymous said...

Don't be so negative about it,that could be your legacy name place,the Graham SuperSkool.

Anonymous said...

its all about the kids. have the teechurs take a pay cut to fund it.

Anonymous said...

This is a predictable cycle. First, we had neighborhood schools. Then some genius suggested we consolidate, so we built the Wiley monstrosity. Then it was back to the small, neighborhood schools, as Wiley failed. They put in dividers to try to teach, but we were stuck with it. Now, we are again floating the mega school approach. Fralick is getting ready to retire. This is his chance to build a monument. We have the Wiley complex, the Bolen experience, the Fargo campus, and now the Fralick foolishness. It goes in cycles. And no boys and girls, it's not about the children.