The last days of Spring
by M. Stewart
I went to the Tri-State Pottery Festival with some colleagues yesterday afternoon to eat and take in some live music, and I plan to do the same today. I'm not much into the carnival-aspect of the festival, but I do enjoy seeing the people and meeting friends.
Suburbanites who think of themselves as too good for the Pottery Festival should stick with their original plan and spend the weekend power shopping. After all, if you come to town, you could be killed or, even worse, exposed to people who don't look like you.
I see in today's Review that county common pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike will decide "no later than Wednesday" on the fate of East Elementary School. According to the paper, demolition of the school is to begin Monday. What if the judge decides to save the school and it's already gone?
On the surface it seems crazy to tear down a perfectly good building. School board member Dick Wolf's idea of donating the building to some community organization makes sense to me--that is, if there is an organization ready to use the structure and able to maintain it. Frankly, I'd rather see the building donated to a business. Surely there is an outfit somewhere that could use a free modern office building. Has anyone bothered to look? How about city hall? Has anyone there tried to get involved in this issue?
I find it interesting that those who live in the Beaver Local School District won't pony up to build decent school buildings for their own children, yet we in East Liverpool are literally throwing buildings away. If state education officials had any sense, they would redraw school district lines in Columbiana County and abolish Beaver Local. Calcutta students should go to East Liverpool, with students in the rest of the current BL district sent to Lisbon, Southern Local, and East Palestine.
Why doesn't this make sense?