Saturday, December 5, 2009

Learn about the elementary school consolidation plan Dec. 17

As many of you have probably already read in the Concord Monitor or, the Concord School District will soon be making a decision on its elementary school consolidation plan.
The plan involves consolidating eight elementary schools to four, at a price tag of about $67 million (plus interest, for a total of somewhere between $100 million and $124 million). There is no consensus in the community about this plan but actually, a great divide between different interests.
Because there are many unanswered questions, the Concord Taxpayers Association has put together a forum to try and educate the public about the plan. The forum will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Draft’s newly renovated upstairs meeting room at 67 S. Main St. School officials will be on hand to make a presentation about the plan and will be available to answer any and all questions you may have.
Unlike some of the school sponsored meetings, we have structured this to be a little bit more give and take. After officials show their presentation, you will allowed the time to comment on it, ask the tough questions that haven’t been asked, or even offer alternative plans, which they will then comment on. So bring your ideas and concerns to this meeting and let’s get some serious questions answered.
In addition, because we are getting the room for free, please consider having dinner or drinks at the Draft before or after the meeting. Many of us will be socializing afterwards too. I often say that a place that is truly a community is one where you can argue or disagree about the issues of the day, but still get together for a beer after the fight is over. So I really do hope that you’ll attend.

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