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TELL US: Why Is A New High School Needed?

Tell Patch why you feel Havre de Grace High School is due for a new edition.

I've heard from many of you in the past week in regards to the new high school proposition.

Security. Health and safety. Aging infrastructure.  Simple equality within the county.

They're all worthy reasons.

Because not everyone will get a chance to tell their personal story at , I wanted to extend an unlimited forum here.

I want to hear your story.

Why do you feel is in need of a replacement?

TELL US: Why would you like to see a new high school in Havre de Grace? Leave a comment.

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Pam Newhart August 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
In addition, the Board needs to look ahead and plan for future enrollment- just because we are not bursting at the seams now, does not mean we won't be in the near future! All too often they get caught reacting instead of proacting, and we end up with students and staff in portables. Bad learning situation all the way around, and so easily avoided.
Pam Newhart August 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Ok, last comment for me, I promise! Is there a way we could piggy back the library project with the school project? It seams a waste to have two separate buildings with much the same purpose. Could the public library function as the school library? The buildings would need to be attached in some way for student safety. That way we could have a truly knock out facility! Obviously some logistics would need to be addressed, but it's a starting point...
Curtis Cohen August 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
One of my duties with the federal gov is to justify new facilities at apg. Pam got it right. We need rock solid reasoning with analysis why we need a facility. The county is looking at hdg as a facility built in 1983 - younger than most houses in hdg. So why replace it? Student population (expanding), cost of renovation vs new, technology changes in the past 30 yrs, safety, etc all need to be clearly considered. This is what the council will look at when deciding. We need a great school. No doubt. But we need to present it so as to leave no doubt. I really believe that we need to embrace the performing arts and devote a complex for that including several stages and practice areas. Leave the current facility in place and use it as the performing arts center.
Sean Welsh August 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Thanks for the comments, all. Check out some more takes on the issue from myself and other readers here: http://havredegrace.patch.com/articles/5-things-where-hhs-comes-up-short#comments_list -Sean
Kathy Keen August 24, 2012 at 01:41 AM
OK, this may not be a good reason for a new school, but it has always bothered me that our school is such an ugly building. It's basically a big brown blob. It looks foreboding, has no design, and no obvious front door. A school should be a beautiful building with an auspicious entrance standing proudly in the community.

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