I have a gut feeling either or both the Laurel School Board and superintendent and DOE are pulling the wool over our eyes when it comes to the physical condition of the 1920 High School. Nor do they respect or can accept the mandate of the people living in the school district.
This crap that it will cost more to upgrade the building than build a new one doesn’t fly with me. The claim; the building is outdated and won’t support the technology needed in today’s world. HOGWASH!
A good example that they are wrong is 15 minutes away from us; the middle school in Georgetown. That building was completely renovated inside. I have two grandchildren going to that school, and they tell me they can use all the technology of the times with no power failures.
The original study from DOE did not to anyone’s I have spoken to knowledgeable of the studies say anything about the fact the Laurel school could not be rehabbed. I and others were told the back addition of the school would be demolished and the original building would be used for administrative offices, and rooms available for meetings for the community organizations. Now a complete turn around; suddenly the building is obsolete.
Talk to the board members and they are not even interested in talking to you about the change of heart.
And the first referendum was for a combined schools and athletic field. It was defeated. The second referendum separated the two; the school passed the field did not. The voice of the community right?
The bids for the schools came in some $3 million under budget. What did the administration decided to do with the surplus? Build a new athletic complex. The bleachers on the field are the only problem with the field. The field drains well, new lights have been installed: why the expense?
I believe the board should have held another vote telling the community they have this extra money; would they agree to spend that money on a new athletic complex, up or down. It is our money, we should have a say.
This Wednesday, March 5th, 7:30 at Centenary Methodist Church in Laurel will be the General Membership Meting of the Laurel Alumni at which I understand the status of the former high school will be discussed. Plan to attend whether you are a member or not.
Incoming president Bill Campbell made a presentation to the school board last month to keep the school. Superintendent Ewald said in response they might attempt to incorporate some of the façade of the old school into the new building. If we can believe anything the board and administration says, since their track record is not the best when it comes to telling the truth.
BUILDING SUPERINTENDENT TO ATTEND TONIGHTS MEETING TO DISCUSS CONDITION OF FORMER HIGH SCHOOL.