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Lesson Plans

new art room update

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Tue, 24 Feb 1998 10:23:26 -0500

Dear ArtsEdNetters,

This is just an update for those of you who were so kind as to send design
suggestions for our new art room. As you may recall, the townspeople passed
the Kellogg School renovation plans at referendum. This took more than
three years with three town referendum votes, and three architectural
plans, and three architects. Lots of bad politics, back stabbing, mud
slinging, and law suits. I don't think the new plan is as good as the
preceeding ones, but certainly will be much more expensive. Each plan gets
trimmed, yet the prices keep going up. I think it passed this time simply
to prevent further increases!

Anyway, after the plan was passed and actual bids started to come in, the
building committee and townspeople argued on and on about the unanticipated
high costs of the project, and kept asking for adjustments to the
architect's plans to save money. At one point the art room was going to
have no cabinets and no counters! The finance board refused to pay the
architect for the extra time he spent 'going back to the drawing board' for
all these endless and petty changes, so he quit-and took his plans with

Now the townspaople have a plan they passed but can't use, and are hiring
another architect to start over. Everyone around here seems to have a
better idea but they seem to lack the ability to pull off any political
compromise. Nobody knows when the renovation work will begin or when the
renovated building will be ready to use. Nobody seems to think it will be
in this century. The students, the staff, and I are very frustrated.
Meanwhile I'm still nursing a hernia and lower back problems while pushing
the art cart(s) around.

Does anyone know of any full time preK-12 art teacher positions opening up
inside a 50 mile radius of the MA-NY-CT corner? Any information about NY
and MA reciprocity?