I wish there was something I could do to take away even an ounce of their pain.
The high school definitely is need of help. I don't think anyone can deny that. It's just inches from making headlines much like Lisbon High did months ago regarding not meeting state/federal standards. It really does need attention, whether it be remodeling or a completely new school.
The middle school should definitely be integrated to accept 6-8th grade! What a waste of a school for only two years of a child's life - barely enough time to settle in, to just move on to the HS. PLUS, the elementary schools are PACKED. The school systems are slowly under performing (educationally), while at the same time falling apart physically.
They recently built Park Street School which has one of the worst rankings in the Auburn schools system (in terms of elementary schools!). Where are we putting our money and what is the focus of our educational values? New schools are definitely essential, but we need to make sure we are focusing on the education of the students. Nice shiny new buildings only go so far.
Overall, a "mega campus" seems a bit extreme for Auburn, considering we can't seem to get our town in control overall. It seems like this needs to be prioritized. A mega campus would be great, but is it really feasible? I can't see it. We have been over budget on just about everything...how are we possibly going to make this plan work? The plan seems very vague and with little direction on how it will actually achieve it's overall objectives.
I'd like to know more - specifics. Costs and what it will mean to me as an Auburn resident. It'd be nice, but it just doesn't seem realistic.
This is a fantastic article. There are resources in the state that can help veterans get started or help their existing business grow. I work for the Maine Small Business Development Centers, which have locations throughout the state. We currently have a Veterans Business Initiative going on for this very subject. We offer FREE business counseling to anyone, but in this case, veterans and their families! For more information, please feel free to look at our website: www.mainesbdc.org/veterans . If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us at 780-4420. This article targets EXACTLY why we do what we do! Thanks for sharing!