“According to the vision,” reporter Alexander Deedy writes, “a renovated HMS would not be ready for elementary students for eight to ten years.”
Well, so much for that idea, huh? I mean, already 2 years have gone by in which city officials have done nothing for Central School, all the while collecting their lavish paychecks. Those are the results you get with government – lots of expended payroll, little if anything to show for it.
But it’s the Queen City, the seat of our dysfunctional Montana government…what do you expect?
Maybe flowery words. Lisa Bullock gave a speech encouraging the school to be kept where it is, saying she went there and her kids went there.
Great, keep it, but let’s not waste two years pussy-footing around, and at taxpayer expense. And let’s not get into it being structurally unsound and the worst school around for miles, besides that old school out by Martin’s IGA.
It’ll be 2 years in March that this school has been closed. Now, I’m not arguing that we reopen a school that will fall down in the next earthquake – I’m simply arguing that wasting two years is a huge waste of money, shows how dumb we are, and shows businesses that Montana is the last place you want to set up shop.
Let me tell you, as someone that walked down the hill that leads to the Gulch everyday on my way to the comic store, Central School is a huge eyesore.
How will this Central School mess turn out any different? Right now there are some yahoos getting signatures for a petition to keep the school open, which just isn’t an option because it’s not safe (that’s why it was closed suddenly nearly 2 years ago).
So far the people have gathered 386 signatures to keep the school open, though I think those results are rather abysmal. Still, they resulted in the cancellation of the bond issue that might have done something to solve this issue. It’s also fair to point out that Helena has to tax to solve problems because they don’t have the needed resources on hand to do it.
Oh, it’s still there alright, but it’s closed. Yeah, I should have put a disclaimer on this story that things make little if any sense – I’m sorry about that.
The thing is, they’re not even opening up Lincoln School to use, they’re instead having students sitting in modulars.
What the hell is a modular?
At least then we had an earthquake – in 2013 we just had a scare…if you even want to call it that. And like one person in the article asks, why the hell are those trailers not over on the Central School property, where they might be a little more convenient for parents?
Because closing Central School isn’t really about convenience, at least not for parents. No, it’s about what’s convenient for administrators and bureaucrats. And let’s not get into the idea of getting rid of that huge swath of land and putting apartments, businesses or other economy-boosters there. After all, how many closed and abandoned schools does Helena need? How many strolls down memory lane do wealthy Helena citizens need? How much does our nostalgia have to cost our future?
It’s clear that the decision making involving Central School has been taken from the parents’ hands. 2 years and nothing has been done? Talk about a failure of local government.