City Leaders Exploring New Ways to Screw Over Residents In Bacon School Neighborhood
According to the article GASD Not Ready to Pass Bacon , the GASD has decided to not yet do anything with the Bacon School building and land even though the city has expressed interest in the building.
As a nearby resident to the property, I can assure , without question, that nothing has been decided for a very simple reason– the decision makers have not yet found an answer to the question, “What is the worst possible outcome of our decision?”. Once they divine the worst possible outcome, they will then make a decision to assure that that very worst possible outcome becomes reality.
More importantly, if historical decision making on the Bacon school is any indicator of future decision making, the decision must be guided by self-interests above those of the larger community and certainly well above those of local residents.
If you think I’m being flip on the decision making on Bacon, let’s recap quickly:
- Closing Bacon was justified as essential due to declining enrollment and no need for classroom space in the district. Over the next years, the GASD saw increasing enrollment, overcrowding at other schools, declining elementary scores and spent large amounts of taxpayer dollars to add classroom space at other elementary schools.
- Closing Bacon was a political decision by the GASD and administration to impose cuts at the elementary schools versus the middle school. When you, your family and cronies work at the middle school, you protect those interests first and foremost.
- Closing Bacon has resulted in a poorly maintained, graffiti laced, eyesore of a building thereby putting one more neighborhood at higher risk of blight and flight. This is just one more decision by our local leaders that pushes property values down versus up for local homeowners especially when taxpayers were told that the school would fetch $800K or so and there would be no academic impact. Congratulations local taxpayers: you got higher taxes, no sale and declining academics. A trifecta!
- Addressing Bacon or its impact on the local neighborhood has never been a priority for the GASD. For several years, the ‘For Sale by Realtor’ sign on the grounds sat surrounded by weeds and overgrown shrubs and for good measure, spray painted graffiti. That should tell you how much the GASD really cares about local neighborhoods or keeping proper care of its grounds and buildings. Over the past few months, the glass doors to the gym have remained shattered even though hundreds of kids and adults attend basketball games at the gym and pass through those doors daily. I encourage folks to walk around the grounds and the building to get a sense of how well the GASD and administration maintain the public’s assets of which they are entrusted.
So for the sake of my sanity, I have now resigned myself to expect the very worst not only in most things in the city but especially so for Bacon School. To get this charade over quickly, let me propose a truly
awful wonderful ideas that I hope local leaders can get behind– a C&D landfill at the Bacon site.
For not only do we take care of the question of Bacon school — we demolish it– but we also get the synergies of a landfill plus demolition. Think of the savings from demolishing Bacon with zero transportation costs! Imagine how excited the local pundits will be at more demolition!
I daresay it’s pure genius.
And I daresay that I could actually see leaders past and present embracing the idea as it really accomplishes what most decisions end up creating: another way to f’ over homeowners and people who care about building a higher quality of life in the community or who want to see home values rising versus dropping.
Unfortunately, you simply can’t have nice things here.