The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 27, 2006

Convert Highland to a youth center

To the Editor:

The Highland School is a well- constructed building that has served the town well for about 100 years. It would be a shame to demolish it.

As long as we have lived in Carlisle, teenagers have complained about not having a place to socialize after school except in various people's houses. I propose that the Highland School be converted to a Student Union.

It could be used by the Scouts; it could be used for dances. Clubs could meet there, and it could also have ping- pong tables. In addition it could also be used for various town board meetings. I'm sure the teenagers could find many other uses.

I remember when Carlisle decided to build the Carlisle Castle. The engineer from the company who designed it acted as a supervisor, and all the labor to build it was volunteer labor by people in Carlisle.

I can visualize the same thing happening with the Highland School. An architect in Carlisle could design the modifications required on a volunteer basis or at a minimum cost to the town. He could then act as a supervisor of the building volunteers who could be both adults or teenagers, who would do the work.

The modifications that would have to be made to the building would include:

1. Elevator
2. Additional bathooms
3. Exterior redone
4. Interior ventilation
5. Lighting redone
6. Replace stairways

While some of this work would require professional help, a great deal of the work could be done by the volunteers.

What a great way to enhance the town as well as meet the teenagers' needs.

Hal Shneider
Bingham Road
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David Negrin offers clarification

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a quote attributed to David Negrin (former Carlisle Public School teacher) in the January 6 Mosquito. The article was titled RSC plans Concord Carlisle FY07 Budget.

I feel this quote does not truly represent what I stated at the meeting. In this article, one could infer from the quote printed that the elementary experience is not as important as is the high school, when, in fact, despite the poor facility in the Willard School, our students still get a quality education.

I believe it would be less disruptive to the Willard students and parents for their long-range education plans if the high school is built first; otherwise they will experience two building projects during their education. Furthermore, if the high school is built first it will serve many more children in both Concord and Carlisle. Also it makes more fiscal sense to build the more expensive building first as inflation will make it almost impossible to build it in the future.

What I didn't say and I'd like to add is that with the present large class sizes, declining future enrollment, increasing competition for college placement, our children deserve the advantage of a state of the art building to compete in today's world.

David Negrin

[Ed note: David Negrin taught art for many years at the Carlisle Public School.]

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