To the Editor:

Last week, it was interesting to read two quite different takes in local media regarding the assessment of the number of classrooms needed for the Miller-Driscoll rebuild. The subject brought to mind Henry David Thoreau’s humorous comment that, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. ”

Anyway, one writer cordially and sensibly calls for lessons to be learned from the renovation process, whom many in town felt was hasty at best (recall that the project passed by a mere 27 votes). The other seeks to give the impression that, “a couple of folks” are not only misguided for having brought to light flaws in the process, but are also dyspeptic, vitriolic, and less than civil—somehow those sentiments and wording seem dyspeptic,vitriolic, and less than civil.

Furthermore, it was argued that concerns about the erroneous enrollment figures are baseless. Maybe so, but why then would one of our esteemed Board of Finance members cite embarrassment about the over abundance of classrooms as being significantly off, and suggest to, “…see what we can do at this point before we build it to spec at the end just because that’s what we approved”?

Bottom line, would it not have been better, at the outset of the proposed rebuild, to have had ample time for a collaborative town dialogue about such a large project? Had there been, perhaps someone would have thought of the old adage, “measure twice, cut once.”

Lastly, if we are looking for space that could be used for overcrowding in other town space, one need look no further than Comstock, which seems to have plenty of empty rooms.

Thomas Curtin

One reply on “LETTER: One POV on MD Renovation is More Sensible”

  1. I have read Mr. Curtain and also the letter on how the process could be improved. And a recurring theme seems to be that the process should be better planned, more open an over a longer period of time.

    These are all good suggestions and that is why this project was planned and in the works for many years (one of the suggestions) that the building committee have volunteers who work in the building profession (it did). That is be more public, as a current member of the WPCA and former member of the ZBA, the public doesn’t show up.

    Another suggestion was to explore alternatives. Anyone who was at the town meeting for this project should be impressed by how many different options where explored including building a new school at many different locations.

    The biggest objection now is that we built too big based on estimates that came out after the bulk of the planning was done and I may add, since we are building for 50 years, may not be relevant.

    I hope all the people who express concern over the size and cost of this project which is coming in almost 10 million below estimates will become more involved in the running of the town for the betterment of all our citzens.

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