Thursday, July 21, 2011

The end of an era at Franklin-Monroe

Demolition of the old Franklin-Monroe High School. The hazard area is fenced off, but alumni were entering anyway to get bricks as mementos. One F-M alum said the Franklin Elementary School was coming down Monday. The roof of the new school can be seen in the background.

A view not seen in decades ... this sidewalk led to the main entrance of the old school.

The front of the new school. Much remains to be completed on the exterior. It may be a challenge to have everything done in time for the coming school year.

The old and the new ... the old gym (in the foreground) will be saved and is attached to the new school with a temporary breezeway. You can get a glimpse of the courtyard under the breezeway roof.

Here is a view of the massive unfinished courtyard, looking west.

12 comments:

  1. Woo hoo!! Let's bring on the debt w/ the new school!!!

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  2. Dear Anonymous 10:22, Much government spending is wasteful. It is destroying our country actually. But when a very conservative community votes overwhelmingly in favor of upgrading its 100 year old school buildings, that's probably a good thing. And in any case it's those citizens' choice, which is different than a fiscally conservative community having reckless spending shoved down their throats by bureaucrats 100 and 1000 miles away. Congratulations to the people of Franklin and Monroe Townships!

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  3. @ Go Jets and the rest of the overwhelmingly in favor voters: very conservative doesn't equal wise

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  4. If you check, Franklin Monroe hardly ever asks for money from the citizens. The school is very frugal and spends wisely as well as having a highly qualified and caring staff. I am proud my children go there, especially since I see all of the problems in other districts around Darke County. I don't think jealousy should equal rude comments.

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  5. I don't think anyone is jealous of any district getting a new building. Why mention jealousy? I have not read anyone saying they are jealous. That smacks of smugness and arrogance.

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  6. So the comment about bringing on debt isn't at all being disrespectful? Maybe jealousy isn't the correct term, but shouldn't this be a positive time for that school district rather some of these posts?

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  7. You people realize that the government paid for this building, right? The local match was like 20% or less. I applaud the people for voting yes but this is big government at work. I find it humorous that people see it as a bunch of conservatives at work. It's like all these social security/medicare recipients calling themselves the tea party and wanting government to stay out of their lives.

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  8. The photographerJuly 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Aren't the photos beautiful though?

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  9. @ 1:15: Where do you think 'big government' gets the money from? Free money isn't free. Someone else in Ohio or the US is paying for the schools. How fair is that?

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  10. What a waste ! 2 brand new schools within eye sight of each other. We need a county wide school system. Unbelievable.

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  11. 7:55: You're right. Someone else IS paying for these schools. And, that's my point. It's what conservatives abhore: redistribution of wealth by the government. The fact is there are a lot of conservatives in Darke County and elsewhere who let other people pay for their schools, social security, medicare, crop subsidies, etc. and then say they want the government out of their lives. Just trying to hold up a mirror so people can see themselves . . .

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