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    Posted: Aug 10 2017 at 1:04pm
Journal excerpts:

"New Middletown Schools Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. came away from a recent tour of the construction site impressed and confident the residents of Middletown will have the same reaction when they see the building’s on-going transformation during an upcoming open house Aug. 21"

"“This is a construction project that is purely about our community,”" said Styles, who in May was hired away from his roles as executive director of curriculum and instruction at Lakota Schools


“This is about opportunities for students and opportunities for the community…with construction of a facility that prepares our students for the future,” he said.


“It creates an academic environment will kids can be successful,” he said.


"The transformed high school and new middle school campus will double as a “community center” for moving the city’s next generation forward, he said."


"“It will mean just as much to the community as it will to our students and staff,” said Styles"


Glowing talk from the new superintendent. He's new and somewhat gullible right now but I know he has read the performance scores for this district over the last decade or more and has heard of the poor reputation gained over the years caused by a failure to change the ways of instruction while continuing with methods that have never worked.

I am not convinced that these new buildings, new modern technologies and current abilities of this school district will improve district performance as much as the new super and his supporters think it will. The new, more modern elementary schools didn't show improved performance. Haven't for years.

Did you see the photo of the "community room" in today's Journal article? Looks like a photo from a corporate building in a P&G complex than a lower middle class school system struggling in nearly all facets of educating kids. Do the school facilities need to be as extravagant as this to fulfill the need? Isn't this just a tad bit overblown as to what is needed? It would almost appear that they wanted a showplace in which to work rather than a facility in which to teach.

We shall see Mr. Superintendent if your enthusiasm is justified. The test scores in a year or two will tell all of us whether the taxpayer is rewarded with this "Taj Mahal" approach in facilities or has just taken another financial bath through the property tax increase and are getting nothing for their money as has been the case in the past.

Keep in mind Mr. Superintendent, this bond levy passed by the slimmest of margins at the voting booth. As many people who wanted this extravagant building plan were offset by almost as many people who thought this was a waste of time and money and didn't want their property taxes raised. The building supporters got what they wanted but just as many are unhappy about this whole ordeal.

Best of luck school people. We are waiting for any sign of academic improvement and have been for decades.

It is troubling to see school board people and educators more focused on the fancy facilities they work in and less focused on finding a successful plan to improve educating the kids.
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Have you noticed how technology has accelerated the passage of time … well actually the perception of time’s passage? It’s difficult to keep abreast of all the advancement made at such breakneck speed.

For instance, I see ads on TV for education of grades 1-12, for free … right on the internet. Then, the thought occurred that, in the very near future, our brand new school buildings might well be rendered obsolete in favor of the virtual classroom. At the very least there will be fewer and fewer students attending brick and mortar schools. Take Cincinnati State in Middletown for example. They predicted that our campus would have full classrooms with a minimum of 5,000 students for them to break even. But in reality there are only about 700 total students, the majority of whom are online … no physical presence required. Therefore our downtown gained little or no new activity and the several buildings that the city donated to them, now sit empty or under used. Prediction: Within 2 years Middletown campus of Cincinnati State will no longer exist and the city will have more empty buildings to maintain or abandon.

We have replaced virtually all of our school buildings with expensive larger schools, but the number of students in Middletown’s school system continues to decline for several reasons. Those reasons: poor academic rating; prevalence of drugs and bullying; threat of possible terrorism (nation wide); decline in population due to lack of jobs and amenities; and having a reputation as a high crime area. Home schooling has become a safe haven as well as providing a superior education (assuming the student is serious).

Middletown’s big, fancy, expensive, brand new buildings have not improved our poor academic performance rating. Will our new buildings be empty and useless in the near future? Think of all the tax dollars spent. That mistake may have already been made, but Mr Adkins and city hall could avoid making the mistake of building new unneeded homes, probably at great expense to the city’s tax payers. Repeated declaration that housing is a problem, doesn’t make it true; just like expecting new school buildings to improve academic performance is useless.

Learning from the past but thinking ahead in order to make good and timely progress, is an important attribute for all levels of government, business, industry and even the individual. Our city government is in denial about our decrepit condition; refuses to recognize the rapid growth of the surrounding area; and insists on repeating past mistakes that will eventually bury us!

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Son and I drove past the old Middletown High School site the other day. Noticed the piles of brick and other rubble yet to be hauled off. Created a huge city block openness didn't it. (like old Roosevelt school on Central Ave., no doubt a site for new housing or yet another
Gilleland Green Space- LOL) Sad when we got around to the Wade E. Miller Gym site seeing only the steps remaining. A lot of history torn down here. Burying the past to me as the newer residents take over the town. A sadness for us older folks.

While on the subject of the Miller Gym, does anyone know if the basketball bankboards, scoreboards and rims were purchased and by whom? Just curious. I would presume all the trophies and flags went to the new gym long ago. Haven't gone to a game at the new gym as yet. Might be an interesting visit. Pictures of the new Wade Miller look state of the art in the newspaper. Fancy digs (Barnitz Stadium too) for a basketball team that, like the football team and the academics, has a long way to go to play catch up to the quality of the facilities. (just had to throw that in as I always do concerning the school/sports performances lately)
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They had an open to the public auction/sale for the Vail building a while back (before demolition obviously) and pretty much sold absolutely everything that could be salvaged, including fixtures, paneling, chairs, etc.  I have to imagine that the scoreboards and backboards were included in that.  Heck, the wood flooring may have been sold off as well.  I know all the wood wall paneling was sold.  Same was done at Roosevelt school before it was torn down.  I know a family friend's grown kids rented a truck and drove down from Chicago and bought all the wood paneling (or as much as they could get) from Roosevelt.
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