What does the Norwich article mean when it says that students are being told to go somewhere else? Why doesn’t the article explain who is doing the telling and why?
I have to agree that if WA is cutting academic staff due to increased costs of athletic facilities and maintenance, then that alone would make any rational person question WA’s commitment to academic quality.
The WA academic buildings do appear to be from an earlier era, and so where are the logical statements for the reasoning behind the actions taken by the Academy? Are they somewhere online, or would that be just another WMD-like snipe hunt?
I’m looking online specifically for the decision-makers’ statements behind the increased cost of new athletic facilities being more important than the upgrading of academic facilities and staff…because they doubled the size and maintenance costs of the sports fields, but they simultaneously CUT academic staff and I’m pretty sure they haven’t significantly upgraded the Academy buildings.
In fact, to the best of my knowledge there are still HVAC problems within each building at the Academy – cold zones, hot zones, humidity problems, etc. Seriously, it would probably require the cost of a new building to sufficiently correct the current problems with wasteful utilities and mechanical problems. And now with the Newtown tragedy, will anything be done to increase security for the various buildings on campus?
Will there be any security at the sports fields? You’d think there would be a state-wide effort to help fund increased security for all the schools in the state. Anyone could easily walk out onto the fields and take out anywhere from fifty to one hundred children along with the coaches with nobody to stop them. We should look into arming the coaches. At the very least give each of them a handgun and training so they can prevent another tragedy. Maybe there could be a group of teachers or civilian volunteers who would be willing to organize an armed patrol of the school and fields.
It seems ironic that due to criminal behavior our society now needs a prison environment as the safest place to educate the children.
These issues are all tied together, but the solutions seem to be money-based, unless volunteers are willing to put in the hours and donate resources to help the community by addressing the needs of the Academy. Is there any form of volunteer outreach-coordination at the Academy?