There were 11 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: What would you like to see done with the unused space at Kennett Middle School? Two people suggested moving other classes to the building, either having it as a K-8 school or grades 6-8. Two people suggested using the building for town offices, one suggested tearing it down. Others suggested various non-school related activities, but one person said non-school activities could not be permitted in the building.
Has everyone forgotten what we voted in more than 10 years ago? They explained that we would mothball a lot of space but still have to heat it! Perhaps what we should have done was tear the whole thing down, but there were those in the community who would have cried out in horror at destroying their high school hallowed halls. A more important question that should have been asked is: What are we going to do with the vacant 11 classrooms we have already refurbished? The school board needs to look at moving both the fifth and sixth grades to the middle school. Close Pine Tree and give he building back to the town (before the town spends large sums on a new town hall and new/fixed rec center). Sure, the school tuition agreement will cause a loss in revenue to the school district, but the elimination of staff from Pine Tree would partially cover that and the reduction in costs from the town side would also make up a lot. The school board and the selectmen need to have a ah-ha moment when they finally realize that both town and school taxes are paid by the same people.
The 20-year Conway school contracts signed by sending towns require these towns to pay millions of dollars to Conway to help build and maintain Conway’s school buildings. So, what happens when the unused space in these school buildings is used for non-school activities? Or one of these buildings is closed down and sold? Certainly, the intent of these bonds is violated. Does this make these bond obligations invalid? Will the sending towns share in the revenue generated by the leasing of this space for non-school activities or sold? These and other questions should be asked by selectmen and town school boards in the sending towns. Ad-Hoc Committee for School Choice. John Hartman
I don’t understand why they can’t make it a K-8 school or middle school for grades 6-8. Or even let the people who have varied abilities use the space for classes a place to call there own, people who are varied abilities do not have any place. They are not allowed to use the Conway Rec and North Conway Community Center in the summer due to kids having camp. It would be nice to have a space.
How about town offices.
According to school administrators in the Sept. 22 article, that building used to house more than 1,200 students. Today there are fewer than 300. Return the high schoolers and sell that monstrosity on the hill. There is so much duplication, not only in rooms but also in support areas. What a waste.
I’d like to see the space turned into the town hall. No reason to build a new town hall when there is plenty of space there. And we could save money for something else in the town. North Conway.
I have ideas for this empty space. No. 1 would be a large meeting hall where food can be available to take care of all the thousands of children that go to bed hungry in the valley. They can show up on their own, 24 hours a day and have a decent meal. Another idea would be let’s just make it an indoor parking area, only for teachers, where they could park their late model vehicles which most have, indoors so these vehicles won’t be abused by the harsh weather conditions during late spring, early fall and winter.
I’d like to see the space at Kennett Middle School used to maybe make training rooms to help train and certify all the unqualified people that Superintendent Kevin Richard keeps hiring. If he’s going to continue to hire unqualified friends like Rick Biche, who’s not certified principal and Shaw who doesn’t even have the degree required, maybe he should offer them our training space where they can get certified.
I think it should be a place called the meth-heads, heroin addicts and all the dirt bags using the Mount Washington Valley. Put them all in there, let them but shoot themselves up, and then, after they all died, bury them and be done with them. You should not keep bringing these people back with Narcan and everything else. It’s their choice. It’s not up to me and everybody else to take care of these deadbeats.
I think the Kennett Middle School should get used as a bingo hall. Ladies don’t seem to congregate at the American Legion any more. I thought that it be a nice place for the ladies to congregate in the afternoon.
An indoor swimming complex with an Olympic sized pool, 10-meter diving board, kiddie pool, jacuzzi and sauna, or a city owned gambling casino, or recording studios for musicians like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Taylor Swift, or a bordello. If you don’t like those suggestions, why not let the Air Force bomb it with incendiary bombs? When the fire gets going real good, the local volunteer fire departments can put it out. Both the pilots and the firefighters need the practice.
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