New Morey School building gets rave r...

New Morey School building gets rave reviews in Lowell

There are 17 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 17, 2009, titled New Morey School building gets rave reviews in Lowell. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

On Monday April 27, the C.W. Morey Elementary School's 439 students will step through the doors of a brand-new school building for the first time.

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Bob

Bedford, MA

#1 Apr 17, 2009
They clearly needed a new building, but did they really need all of the new stuff? Could the desks and chairs have been moved from the old school to the new over the spring vacation (to save money), or were they in such bad shape that they were really needed? Similar comment about the computers - were they so out-of-date that they needed to be replaced with new computers? Do most people realize how much a ceiling-mounted projector costs - couldn't a less expensive solution have been used to display the teacher's screen to the class? And I really have to question new books - I would assume they had books in the old school building. Anything that could have been reused in the new school instead of buying new for the new school would have saved money!
David Wiggins

Olivebridge, NY

#2 Apr 17, 2009
Nice to see the inprovement on the CW Morey School. I went to that school in 1953 & 1954. It was well over do.
PS Our any of my teachers still alive they were old then
school

Eliot, ME

#3 Apr 17, 2009
I'm all about saving money but education is the one place that we shouldn't short change. Furniture, computers, supplies, do not last aslong as you might suspect when dealing with large groups of children day after day.
lhs mom

Boston, MA

#4 Apr 17, 2009
school wrote:
I'm all about saving money but education is the one place that we shouldn't short change. Furniture, computers, supplies, do not last aslong as you might suspect when dealing with large groups of children day after day.
The desks were in sad shape. This whole school was in sad shape. I taught there in 1989 and my own children went there from 1995-2004.

This was long over due.

Four computers in each class is not a lot in this day and age. Much of the student's testing and support time comes from the computers.

The old computer lab is supposed to be sent to the Moody, which hasn't had new computers in at least 6 years.(In computer terms, that's pretty old.)

“Ask, and I Shall Tell”

Since: Mar 08

Lowell

#5 Apr 17, 2009
The old school is in horrible shape. There is mold everywhere and when it rains outside, it rains inside as well. My son is in Kindergarten there and the new school is exactly what they need. All of the furniture and computers, printers, etc, will all be dispersed to other schools that need it. It's not going to waste.
lowell mom

Lincoln, MA

#6 Apr 17, 2009
What stinks is that there are other schools that aren't being maintained and are in poor condition. Even the newer schools look horrible once you go inside.

How long before this school is spray painted in that neighboorhood?

We spend too much money on new schools and not enough on improvements and maintenance
Dracut Retiree

Palm Bay, FL

#7 Apr 17, 2009
David Wiggins wrote:
Nice to see the inprovement on the CW Morey School. I went to that school in 1953 & 1954. It was well over do.
PS Our any of my teachers still alive they were old then
Ms. Ann Cullen is still with us, I ran into her, she was always a beautiful person. Taught 4th Grade.
RPS Winchester

Cambridge, MA

#8 Apr 18, 2009
This school is so well done and as you say, you cannot short change education. The children are going to enjoy it for many years to come. We have to put our money into our schools.
Why no mention of the company that built this? No pictures of all the hard workers that put their time and brains into all of this to bring it to fruition?
Dract Retiree

Palm Bay, FL

#9 Apr 18, 2009
RPS Winchester wrote:
This school is so well done and as you say, you cannot short change education. The children are going to enjoy it for many years to come. We have to put our money into our schools.
Why no mention of the company that built this? No pictures of all the hard workers that put their time and brains into all of this to bring it to fruition?
Makes you wonder how many classromms are "missing" from the original design?
lhs mom

Boston, MA

#10 Apr 18, 2009
Dract Retiree wrote:
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Makes you wonder how many classromms are "missing" from the original design?
Why would you think that anything is missing from this design?

The mess at the Stoklosa was the result of an incompetant building manager and city manager that ran the project. I am glad to say that I believe the city learned from that debacle. The new principal at the Morey doesn't put up with anything half*ss.
William Chan

Townsend, MA

#11 Apr 18, 2009
I cant wait to go to this school after spring break its going to be amazing
Maggie

Haverhill, MA

#12 Apr 18, 2009
Actually it was the project manager who fouled up by trying tio " save money". He sis the same thing at the library and a couple of other projects. Cox did not know what he was doing.
lhs mom wrote:
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Why would you think that anything is missing from this design?
The mess at the Stoklosa was the result of an incompetant building manager and city manager that ran the project. I am glad to say that I believe the city learned from that debacle. The new principal at the Morey doesn't put up with anything half*ss.
JFB

Danville, NH

#13 Apr 22, 2009
Long overdue project... its more than exciting
to be a part of this, I can't wait to see the
look on these kids faces when they enter the
this new school and finally arrive in the year
2009. That old school was deplorable in every way. I wish this new project had been 100% completed
for this move in BUT (most projects lack to the very
end before the final push), it will finally come together over
the final phases, this neighborhood will have
a first class elementary school and will improve
all who live around it. Just watching all these teachers
working so hard setting up, the administration putting the finishing touches, the whole staff
working together to make this the best school in
the city of Lowell. Its all money well spent and
the commitment to give these kids the best they
can have is such a thrill to be part of, those
that can only talk negative, come see for yourself
when its all finally finished by the years end,
it a neighborhood revitalization, as I said at the beginning, long overdue.
Tom

Billerica, MA

#14 Apr 23, 2009
David Wiggins wrote:
Nice to see the inprovement on the CW Morey School. I went to that school in 1953 & 1954. It was well over do.
PS Our any of my teachers still alive they were old then
I think Mrs. Selvaggio is still with us. Taught 5th grade I think. Teachers I remember are Miss Delaney, Miss Cullen, Mrs. Selvaggio and Mr. Brown. They would have been there in the late 50's.
Dract Retiree

Palm Bay, FL

#15 Apr 23, 2009
Tom wrote:
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I think Mrs. Selvaggio is still with us. Taught 5th grade I think. Teachers I remember are Miss Delaney, Miss Cullen, Mrs. Selvaggio and Mr. Brown. They would have been there in the late 50's.
I recently ran into Ms. Ann Cullen and she is doing fine, she was always a wonderful person and she rememberd me as well.
lowell

Lowell, MA

#16 Jun 11, 2009
The new school is beautiful! I was there for the school's tour and I'm amazed by everything. My son is a Kindergartener there and it's wonderful to hear all the good things he had to say about his new classroom and the whole school itself.
Jamie

Seattle, WA

#17 Jul 16, 2012
I returned home for a visit in 2010 and brought my girlfriend- I was SHOCKED to see what they had done! I was SOOOO disapointed in the new school. THis was a icon, and one of Lowell's most overlooked buildings. True, I agree with many here that it was sorely needing updating. And that's what should have been done. UPDATING! I now live in Tacoma, WA. This is our High School - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_High_Sch...

I think Lowell is used to the fact that there are so many historical buildings that to replace one with a 'modern, updated, and new!" was numb. The old building should have been remodeled and updated with the Architectural elements kept in-tact.

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