Email thread from the Sept 30th Chamber of Commerce meeting

13 Responses to “Email thread from the Sept 30th Chamber of Commerce meeting”

  1. kshannon617 Says:

    Wow. Well at least nobody’s holding anything back. I am curious about one point. John Bambenek states that ” Taxpayers will not be funding or supporting the political efforts of either side of this referendum campaign.” Does this mean that the inserts in mailings and the flyers sent home with students are not being paid for by taxpayers?

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      Have you seen the large poster boards prominently displayed at each school and the Mellon Center? 🙂 However, the mailings probably add up a lot faster, and I think there are more to come.

    • John Bambenek Says:

      The district can “inform” but it cannot advocate on public property. Even if it includes putting in flyers paid for by someone else on school property. I’m not sure, offhand, what paid for what you are talking about, I can ask to get a clear answer.

  2. Kathy R. Says:

    If this is what passes for constructive discourse…

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    There are a few more emails that were sent to “everyone”, but I have declined from adding them for several reasons. The last email from Ms. Holder (not indexed above) suggests the thread be moved to private communications.

    • Rebecca Patterson Says:

      I’ve learned a lot. This was never ready to be placed on the ballot. Too much left unexplored, unconsidered. The community is divided and angry. They need to let it rest instead of trying to push it. Let it have time to come together.

  4. charlesdschultz Says:

    @concerned parent: this is an unacceptable comment; if you cannot amend it in the next couple of days, it will be removed.

    if you have a specific, actionable concern you are welcome to voice it. Overly broad, generic and outlandish accusations like this will not be tolerated.

    You have until Sunday 10:00 pm.

    UPDATE: Comments removed

  5. kshannon617 Says:

    I have to differ with Craig Walker’s assertion that nobody renovates older high schools. It may or may not be right for this community, but he’s wrong that nobody else is doing it. Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin was built in 1923 and has been renovated and added to 8 times, most recently in 2000.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_High_School_(Manitowoc,_Wisconsin)

    Several towns in Pennsylvania have successfully renovated older school buildings. Their state seems to make it a priority.

    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_preservation/2404/school_renovation_successes/293125

    Here’s a 110-year-old high school in Massachusetts which will be renovated into a middle school:

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/groundbreaking_for_chicopee_hi.html

    They’re discussing renovation vs. building new right now in St. Cloud, MN. This is the school superintendent’s blog, and it’s my biased opinion that he cares a lot about getting real consensus from the community on this issue. (He’s a member of my extended family.)

    http://jvonkorff.blogspot.com/2014/09/consensus-required-to-build-new-tech.html
    http://jvonkorff.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-about-renovating-tech-high.html

    Those are just the examples I found in a 20 minute google search. I’m sure there are many others.

  6. charlesdschultz Says:

    UPDATE: David Sholem sent an email today, which I added to the bottom of the index above.

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