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Re: New school nightmares

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LMiller435_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Aug 31 2002 - 08:02:39 PDT


Because the people who actually USE the buildings each day never get a
chance to give input or approve the plans

Actually, Framingham did it right twice, at least with the art rooms!!!!!!!!!

About ten years ago one of the elementary schools got a makeover. The art
teacher was asked about the art room. He gave them the plans and worked with
the architects. It is a room to die for! Three sinks, storage up the kazoo,
locked storage, too. A vented kiln room. windows all around THAT OPEN! A
door to the outside where there is a woodland atmosphere, tables enough for
the classes, room for the tables and space to sprawl on the floor. I was
offered that room this year, but chose to stay in my own school in an
inappropriate space because the staff at my school is wonderful.

This new school had other problems, too numerous for this post but...the art
room? Everyone should have it.

The other time was in three horrid middle schools that have never worked. But
... the artrooms were designed by the art teachers. Rooms to die for. What
happened? They were taken over by kindergartens when the school were turned
into elementary schools, after two years and the art rooms were inside rooms
with no windows and mold growing across the ceiling and walls. These are
also the schools that were built with no opening windows because they were
supposed to be air-conditioned and then weren't. Lots of sick people in these
sick buildings.

Oh well. See you in Boston in 2005. It's my retirement party!
 Minneapolis won't be approved for me.

Leslie in Framingham, MA

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