Study: Ashby school needs roof, windo...

Study: Ashby school needs roof, window repairs - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 7 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 30, 2010, titled Study: Ashby school needs roof, window repairs - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Selectmen said they are eager to move ahead and accept federal stimulus money to repair the windows and roof at the Ashby Elementary School.

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Dianne Anderson

Worcester, MA

#1 Dec 30, 2010
I totally understand the need for necessary repairs to the school. They must be done. But, why is a feasibility study needed?Or an achhitect? These are repairs, not a new building! With so many carpenters & contractors screaming to have work, has anyone thought of having Ashby residents do the work? It would get done faster, cheaper & better, since the workers would be town residents. To gain stimulus money would be great. But, will it cost the town more to follow the stimulus stipulatiions?
MSA

Reading, MA

#2 Dec 30, 2010
Dianne Anderson wrote:
I totally understand the need for necessary repairs to the school. They must be done. But, why is a feasibility study needed?Or an achhitect? These are repairs, not a new building! With so many carpenters & contractors screaming to have work, has anyone thought of having Ashby residents do the work? It would get done faster, cheaper & better, since the workers would be town residents. To gain stimulus money would be great. But, will it cost the town more to follow the stimulus stipulatiions?
I agree 100% with this comment. Why the heck do we need a "feasibility study" or architect for this? I would take any comments/suggestions "with a grain of salt" from the current North Middlesex school Supt. The school committies of the 3 towns have to wake up fast and appoint a new Supt!
Dianne Anderson

Worcester, MA

#3 Dec 30, 2010
I am Dianne. I was born & raised in Ashby, have lived here most of my 62 years -not Worcester. I fix or update anything I can, to save money & landfills. I don't spend what I don't have. Guess that makes me 'old school New England". Grandkids call me frugal - sounds better than cheap. I think I'm just smart.
I hope the town of Ashby will be smart too.
Herbie

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Dec 30, 2010
How about boarding it up and renting one of the vacant ones in Fitchburg?
Hmm

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Dec 31, 2010
Herbie wrote:
How about boarding it up and renting one of the vacant ones in Fitchburg?
Then you can pay to bus all the kids to it.
I voted Yes

Townsend, MA

#6 Jan 1, 2011
ashburnham voted for a new school- you guys should too- why should we be the only ones with new stuff that we can not afford!
Interested-Ashby

Worcester, MA

#7 Jan 12, 2011
Dianne Anderson wrote:
I totally understand the need for necessary repairs to the school. They must be done. But, why is a feasibility study needed?Or an achhitect? These are repairs, not a new building! With so many carpenters & contractors screaming to have work, has anyone thought of having Ashby residents do the work? It would get done faster, cheaper & better, since the workers would be town residents. To gain stimulus money would be great. But, will it cost the town more to follow the stimulus stipulatiions?
I agree 100%. We have many capable contractors in town that could ascertain the extent of the repairs required and offer the options to the selectman. Bet we could even find a glass company to look into window options! Stimulus reguirements likely require the town "flush" $50-100,000 on a study tell us what our own folks are able to offer @$0.00.

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