Person on the Street – Baileyville School Consolidation

Photo: Jenny: “They should build a new one. My kids are grown, but listening to people around here, I think they should. My son-in-law’s mother was principal and she thinks it would be a good idea.”

By Lura Jackson

The town of Baileyville is divided over an upcoming vote to decide whether or not to close the existing elementary school and consolidate it into the building that now contains the middle and high schools. The proposal would cost the town of Baileyville as much as $7,000,000. The vote will be held on June 13th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a town meeting the following day at 6 p.m. to discuss the budget.

Bill Wong: “I think it’s an overzealous project. We can’t afford it – the student body doesn’t seem to be growing. We should also consider the environmental footprint of the high school. If there’s an alternative we should consider it.”

Left: Vickie McLaughlin: “I don’t want my taxes to go up. I’ve heard it can be repaired. If you’re going to build a new school, build a consolidated one for all the towns.”

Right: Darlene Norman: “We need a new school. I see it everyday. I see all the things nobody sees – the sinking and the cracking.”

Ella Robinson: “I think we need a new school. I don’t go for the mildew and the dampness. There’s so much sickness down there. I am on a fixed income and I’m afraid my taxes will go up, but I don’t like having the kids in that school.”

Linda: “They don’t need a new school. Get it fixed and save the money. You can’t just keep spending money. If it can be repaired, it should be repaired.”