Check out the plans for Duluth’s western middle school. Click here to see the PDF file.
I can't believe they are just totally planning on closing 40th Avenue East. Will the ridiculous, terrible, expensive ideas never end?? Everyone on the school board needs to be shoved on a one way bus to Saskatchewan, and they can take Johnson Controls with then.
Considering this post is about the western middle school, Jenny's comment is a bit out of place here, but I'm going to go ahead and jump all over it anyway.
The idea of closing 40th Ave. E. came from OPPONENTS of the district's long-range facilities plan. The School District and School Board considered closing 40th at one time and REJECTED the idea.
So what Jenny really wants is to send landscape architect Kent Worley to Saskatchewan and to heap praise on the School Board.
Like Paul said. Not to hijack this further, but I just don't quite grasp the terror accompanying the idea of a high school at the Ordean site [I live a few blocks from there and drive down 40th on my way to work every day].
It's a high school, not al Qaeda's secret hideout.
If my idea to ship them to Saskatchewan was based solely on this one issue, I suppose that would be a reasonable conclusion regarding my desires.
Okay, let's tear down the most modern high school, spend a few hundred million on new ones and sell Central's land to condo developers. Nice idea! Sorry I said anything.
Well, Jenny, let's work our way through this. Are you suggesting that Central should stay open and East should close? Or are you suggesting Duluth should retain three high schools?
Before you answer, keep in mind that a lot of people will want to ship you to Saskatchewan based on your answer.
I've been to Saskatchewan. It's better than Nebraska.
So, to bring up a question related to the original post (thanks Paul for posting the link to the info):
Can someone explain to me the logic of putting this middles school on previously undeveloped greenspace isolated on at least two sides from neighborhoods (thus reducing the likelihood/possibility of students walking or biking to school)?
I don't think it's that isolated, but it will be a tricky bike ride for Piedmont kids who are relatively close to the school but will have to take a sort of horseshoed route. As for walking, there are already trails in the woods there.
Unfortunately, it's pretty much impossible to find a developed location for the school because it requires a big chunk of land that isn't being used by something else.
Wait wait, we're sending the middle school kids to Saskatchewan?
Does anyone realize that most of the schools that we have are filled with asbestos and were built when there was a booming logging industry. We haven't seen that for a while.
All of this putrid tension and anger towards things school related is seriously unnerving. People either don't want to pay taxes that go to the school (well, those people probably don't want to pay taxes ever), or they are so crazy about some million-dollar-heat-bill brick schoolhouse that they have fond memories of.
Can haters ever stop hating? Jenny, stop hating. Get over it.
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