In Shirley, vote 'yes' on school plan
We urge voters in Shirley and Ayer to go to the polls Saturday and vote "yes" to allow the Ayer-Shirley Regional School Committee to spend up to $750,000 for a feasibility study of a renovation or addition to Ayer High School.
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#1 May 21, 2011
Shirley again says no, but vote passes.
luck building a school where both towns must vote yes.
#2 May 23, 2011
Good luck to all those in Shirley that will send their kids to a school (Lura White) that is crumbling around them. Get your act together and vote the right way.
#3 May 25, 2011
Are you so deep in the trenches of "NO" that you can see no other point of view? This is the future. Our kids need us to uphold them, not to tear away the fabric that prepares them for their future, which ultimately is 'your' retirement community. Your young neighbors will be criminals, drop outs, and losers!! Tune in to what is really happening here...
#4 May 28, 2011
Gotta love the ignorance. I have children in the school system so don't make bad assumptions. Shirley does not have the money to fund a $30M project and catch up to the Ayer spending level and balance it's budget. So go ahead with a study that will not pass a vote from both towns. Try to build a middle high school and watch more parents choice out. Who wants 6th graders to share a school with 12th graders. Not me. You blame the Seniors in town and don't realize the 'No' comes from parents of students.
#5 May 31, 2011
And your solution is?
You will choice out then, and your taxes WILL go up to pay for the bill to send your kid/s elsewhere.
1.send your kids to a broken down building(and yes, they will be around high school age kids, as the building would have no 'updates' that have been designed taking into account that parents might not actually want them interacting)
2. send them elsewhere, or
3. send them to a school that 'we' can all be proud of, and support their future(probably like the community you'd choose to choice out to...sure go ahead support some other town).
When you choice out, the price tag...teachers, supplies, admin. programs, etc, at the local schools stays 'them same', the classrooms will be staffed whether your kid is there or not,
PLUS the money 'you' will require from the town, to send your kid out of district.
You will bleed your own town dry....Gotta love the ignorance!
#6 Jun 3, 2011
Don't be so quick to think the vote won't pass in Shirley. Think back to the Regionalization Vote that they held when ALL of the people of the town could attend. That was the will of the town. These are votes that have a very low % turnout because they either occur at Town Meetings that are held over 3 nights when parents struggle to both make it or they are votes that are held when people are actually working, once again resulting in low turnout from the people who are actually paying the majority of the taxes in the town.
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