College project requires public participation, transparency | Notice
Suggestions to close schools have often met with protests.
Some people don’t like change. Some people don’t like to see a school district project with a price tag of $ 52.5 million. A lot of people don’t like to see a place related to their childhood on the chopping block.
An architectural firm hired by the Danville area school district recently suggested principals drop out of Danville Middle School.
The plan does not involve the construction of a new building, but the addition of the existing high school to accommodate the seventh and eighth graders.
Sixth graders would move to Liberty Valley Middle School with fourth and fifth graders adjacent to their age. Grade 3 students from this school would move to Danville Elementary School, which currently houses Danville Head Start and Kindergarten to Grade 2.
The project also requires the relocation of sports fields to farmland owned by Danville State Hospital. Seeding these fields would take two years, Superintendent Ricki Boyle said, so the project would take at least until 2025 to be completed.
The district voted to spend up to nearly $ 100,000 on engineering, site design, and permits to move the ball fields, an apparent step towards inevitable acceptance of the plan or at least a restitution of it. -this.
Decisions on projects like this should not be taken lightly. They must also be based on logic, a result rarely obtained by looking through rose-colored glasses. Discussions about all of this should be done in public with as much transparency as possible.
The college is aging and prone to flooding.
Consolidating more students at the main district campus on State Hospital Drive makes logistical sense.
Architect Mike Kelly said the study was not just about buildings, but was also developed using feedback from school leaders about how best to use classroom space.
He said discussions would continue.
The study and plan will be a hot topic of discussion between district employees and officials and residents of the Danville area in the coming weeks, until the next board meeting on June 9.
Is this a good plan? A bad plan? A decision that should be left to the new members of the school boards who will be elected in November?
Now is the time to ask questions, make suggestions, express opinions and attend the next board meeting, which only people in person can attend.
NOTE: The views expressed in the Daily Item editorials are the consensus of the editor, senior executives at Newsroome, and members of the Editorial Board community. Today’s was written by digital editor Dave Hilliard and editor Eric Pehowic.