Downsizing will cost us dearly

The town would lose more than just the student capacity in the high school.

Dear Editor,

If MEMSS replacement proposal went through this the town would lose more than just the student capacity in the high school.

We would lose the theatre (which is also funded by DoK), the gym with its bleachers, the two wood shops and two metal shops and we would lose the cooking, sewing, photography, art and the science labs.

We would probably even lose the ability to run ACEIT programs like millwrighting.

Any of the above things that are replaced in the new school, if at all, will be a quarter the size, and that’s a huge deal for the town when it comes to things like the theatre and gym.

We would never get these facilities back unless the town doubled in population. Replacing the high school would not be a ‘new is better’ situation, but one of ‘new is smaller’ and with less facilities.

The fact that they are even looking into this when potential industrial developments hang over the town’s head really is

dumbfounding, especially when they don’t even include it as a consideration in the proposal.

Mathias Tait