Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Providence's Taj Mahal has nothing on this

Providence High has the best on campus facilities in Mecklenburg County. I call the Panthers' sports arenas the "Taj Mahal" of the area.

But the 'Dence has nothing on Newton North High, a 35-year-old school just outside of Boston.

Newton North was so rundown a few months ago that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges pronounced it "morally unacceptable."

And get this. Voters approved $151 million to fix it up, more than twice what new schools in that area are built for. Can you imagine that happening here in the Queen City?

The new Newton will open in the fall of 2010 and will probably attract students from far and wide. Consider:

-- It has the city’s only public indoor pool (with locker rooms and seats for 200 spectators)

-- An indoor track.

-- A public theater with pulleys to raise up stage scenery and actors (who want to do the Beyonce or Janet Jackson thing).

-- A 4,000 square foot restaurant; 58 class rooms; 16 science labs; 600-seat cafeteria; a robotics lab; an auto shop with three car lifts; a child development center; two full size gyms; a fitness center; a dance studio/wrestling room; and a 2,500 seat football stadium.

My question is: why's the football field so tiny?


Anonymous said...

yes, I can see our disfuctional school board trying to build this here. heck, i'm for building our schools the right size, minus all the restaurants and stuff. when will we start building 3K seat schools here like we need

Anonymous said...

Dang Lang, you were really bored today, huh? Who cares what goes on in NEW FREAKIN' ENGLAND? Having a restaurant on campus might be kinda nice, though

Anonymous said...

I worry that the wrong things are being focused on...it is my understanding that they just built a few new schools and already they are adding trailers to accommodate for the number of kids going to that school. It is terrible how the school system continues to cut corners to put $$ in their pockets at the end of the year.

I ask that you might research if the ends justify the means of education, when the plans are drawn for the next school with a six figure football field. Or even the latest ones already built. RKP

Anonymous said...

There is no need for more than a minimal amount of money to be spent on a football field. It's a FIELD, for god's sake! Bleachers can be erected for a few thousand dollars (all they are is piping and wood slats), lights and sound equipment are a bit expensive but not in the six-figure range. You can get a scoreboard at a bargain price if it has sponsors.

We have gotten entirely too used to the idea of sports as an educational "necessity". A high school does not "need" a state-of-the-art stadium, and building one during a budget cruch is doubly irresponsible.