Architects unveil reductions to new Pickens, Liberty high schools
April 29, 2009 - 11:09 p.m. EST EASLEY - Several months ago, the Pickens County School Board asked McMillan Smith and Partners, a Spartanburg-based architectural firm, to reduce construction costs for the new Daniel, Liberty, Pickens and Easley high schools.
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#1 May 4, 2009
The voters spoke up and voted a resounding "NO" for the construction of new schools. The Pickens County School Board, their attorneys, and all others involved, went behind our backs and created the fake company to borrow the money and go ahead with the project anyway - at the taxpayers expense! Again, we voted this issue down - we didn't want this!
Now they're having to scale back on everything and all they're doing is wasting tax payer's money, and we're going to wind up with what we already have - or worse! The best thing they can do now, is to axe the projects, put the land up for sale, and build additions/perform renovations to our existing schools!
I have 2 children that go to Liberty schools, and I am 40 something. The middle school I went to was built in the 1800's and was maintained wonderfully. Only in the past few years was the building retired. The high school I went to was built in the 50's (I believe) and now is the new middle school. Using "portables" was unheard of! That community built a new high school ON THE SAME PROPERTY as the old high school, and are still using the same football stadium, track, baseball field and have even EXPANDED their sports programs!
Liberty has more than enough land at the existing high school, to expand and to improve it. Renovations to the Middle school would be wonderful, and the Elementary school also has enough land to expand also, without the use of portables.
AXE the new high school projects!
One very upset & disgruntled Pickens county taxpayer...
#2 May 29, 2009
The middle school is tearing apart and has NO land to expand. How many portables do they have out there? 9? They need to build a new middle school and another elementary school somewhere, but keep the old elementary school b/c it is continually growing and getting more crowded, and has been an issue ever since i can remember. Also, there are ditches and gulley's all around the present elementary school site. I don't think building a new high school, especially @ the grandiose scale it is, is what liberty needs.
#3 Feb 29, 2016
I thimk the citizens of Pickens County have been taken by the School board for a bunch of Dumb Clucks. Are we going to let them get by with robbing us? Judy Edwards is up for reelection this election in Easley. Larry Bagwell stopped her from tearing down Easley High! Thanks Larry! Clemsons board member up this term as well as Pickens board member. Difference is Pickens Board member did not vote to raise your taxes as the other two fought to raise your taxes. I plan to send my board member a message. Bye bye! I think a big problem may be coming from a IT company who wants to put new computers in the schools and as Tech goes,
Replace them yearly as new stuff comes out! Sweet deal for them! You figure out which one☺️! I personally think all people who care about Pickens County should join the two organizations who are fighting for you! They will help you figure out what your elected officials are doing good or bad. Are those we send to Columbia making sure we get our fair share back for schools and
Roads or are they duping you too!
How about those we send to Washington! Who are they serving!
Come on people! Get informed! The people we pay work for us. Not the other way! Let us keep them honest
By staying informed! Join the Conserrvative Party and the Taxpayer Association. Both are working hard for you. If you don't you have no one to blame but yourself!
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