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  1. libolt

    Congratulations. Tom, Sylvia and your mindless minions have doomed this district into yet another 10 years of waste and decay. The district will have to start over — who will come forward to work on this anymore? What will our dollar purchase by then? A lot less than it would have today. I promise you one thing: my children will not spend any more time in this dump than they have to. The surrounding school districts are going to be receiving a lot of phone calls from people who are tired of seeing uncompromising buffoons derail every effort to improve the school system here. We are either surrounded by idiots or people who were too lazy to vote. Nice work. You NO voters need to walk through the middle schools and see what you’ve shackled around our ankles. Too bad you can’t let go of the past. You will get what you’ve asked for. No progress. No future. The only people who will benefit from this are the realtors and moving companies. I’d like to see Tom and Sylvia stand in front of the incoming classes each year at NSB and CFA and explain to them how they are better off. How they are getting the best education possible because the brick and mortar that’s falling all around them isn’t what makes their education great. Maybe not. But it certainly doesn’t make their education what it should be. Just because someone can teach in substandard conditions doesn’t mean they should be made to do so! Looks like I need to buy some Blue Raider blue.

  2. IGuess

    libolt, I could’nt say it better.

    • libolt

      With a 107 person shortfall, let’s put it up for another vote. We will have to make some changes of course to make sure taxes don’t go up, and because of inflation, the price tag will increase, even if it’s only 3 months from now.

      There are people who would have voted YES but failed to vote at all. This is a fact. Over 200 people who presigned a YES list failed to vote, even after receiving a reminder call on the 15th. The NO voters didn’t cause this problem. The nonvoting YES supporters who didn’t step up to the plate caused this problem.

      Another note: Tom O’Brien is quoted in the paper as hoping that the two sides can work together to meet a compromise. This is the same person who stood up at the very first meeting, before any ideas were even written on paper, and declared that “any plan you come up with that closes the middle schools is dead in the water.” First of all, why is this man so attached to CFA? (He doesn’t really care about Northside, by the way.) These buildings are past their usefulness as schools and are a waste of money to try to renovate as schools. Besides, we can’t just start moving walls around in the building because the main support walls can’t be moved. Architects have stated that increasing the class sizes to meet today’s codes can’t happen because of these support walls needing to remain in place. Secondly, the buildings, especially Tom’s beloved CFA, can’t take on additions because the property is so small and landlocked. Finally, anyone who draws the line in the sand that early is not going to compromise at any stage. We are supposed to believe him when he says that he wants to compromise now?

      What makes Tom and Sylvia so qualified to declare themselves the Grand Poopah of Ancient Relics anyway? Why are they constantly pushing themselves in the forefront of this district’s problems? As for Sylvia, why would the self-proclaimed Queen of a Taxpayer’s Association be so against a plan that doesn’t raise taxes? She didn’t even want $60 million from Corning Inc. either. Yeah — sounds like she’s really got her Taxpayer’s Association interests in mind. She’s pretty good at declaring that she’s against something. When was the last time she was for anything? History shows that her main function is to run up behind efforts toward change and slice the achilles before the starter’s pistol even goes off. She’s there to find something to complain about. Even in this last race, where the terrain was as even as ever, and every racer had a chance to finish, and each racer could participate without further cost to his or her parents, good ol’ Sylvia came in to complain about the color of the uniforms.

      Tom would rather the race be held in a stadium built by ancient Romans, even though the seats are falling apart and the columns are tipping over. Let’s just concentrate on who is responsible for the Fall of the Roman Empire, and tell the runners to jump over the piles of debris because their coaches are doing a great job mapping out the locations of the debris. There was debris there years ago and we still finished the races so let’s hold onto that.

      Some people say they appreciate having an advocate who is looking out for their interests. I think Sylvia has become so enamored with the attention she demands that she feels obligated to complain about something, anything, even if it defeats the agenda she is supposedly supporting. Her agenda is simple: look at what is being offered, declare that it should not be supported, and find something about it to complain about. Look at the number of district employees, committees and board members, and the variety of approaches, that have existed during the last 15 years. She has agreed with none of them! This will raise taxes, this will cost too much, this will benefit only a small number of students…. Find something to complain about, stomp my feet and scowl, and get my name and photo in the paper.

      Tom and Sylvia stand on the mountain top, their capes flapping in the wind, the giant heart-shaped symbol wrapped by a dollar bill on Sylvia’s uniform, and Tom’s chest emblazened with the tired silhouettes of decrepit outdated buildings. They scan the horizon for evil-doers like district administrators and community leaders who desire change, and they swoop in to save us from progress.

      Most of all, they must save themselves from the chance that they may actually not be needed.


    well its come to a problem cfa and northside r memories we all went to school .we tell our grand children about our schools, why that be like rearing down th e class center, weve all had parents children nd grandchildren brothers sister my dad grad from cea in 1923 so lots of memeorys. every time we visit corning we go up on the hill take pictures of cfa. so think about what you all r diong to family ?

    • libolt

      I don’t deny that you had fond memories there, and that you have family members who experienced the same. However, it’s more important to consider what kind of memories we are shackling today’s children to. Their memories will be of buildings that were falling apart, and of educational potential that was difficult to meet. We’ve been putting thousands of kids through that year after year after year after year….. It’s time to move on. The photos you seek may sooth your need to relive fond memories, but the same buildings in those photos are blocking today’s students from reaching their potential. I cannot believe that there aren’t graduates from CFA and Northside who visit this town and say, “I can’t believe that school is still open.” Every building reaches a point where it cannot serve its intended use. It is not a statement about its graduates, or people in general. It’s just the way it is for the buildings. People’s worth is measured by their actions, their contributions, and their love. These do not decay. These are timeless.

      Buildings are not.

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