, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

May 7, 2013

Letter: O’Maley and an elementary consolidation

To the editor:

I recently had the opportunity to tour the O’Maley Innovation Middle School in anticipation of my niece’s entering 6th grade next year.

I was curious to see first-hand how the school had evolved since the late 1990s, when I was a student there.

Although I spent just under an hour at the school on my recent visit, I learned a lot and took away the following:

There are some very enthusiastic, devoted educators on hand and the school as a whole is dedicated to continuing its already commendable accomplishments in incorporating STEM curriculum and the effective integration of technology and education. Some of the graduating eighth-graders will be entering high school ready to take Algebra 2; most will have been exposed to engineering activities the likes of which I had only previously seen available in Coach L’s science classes at GHS.

However, I also took away that O’Maley is seemingly forced to do more with less due to budgetary constraints. And I can’t help but imagine that the choices being made by the city in regards to the elementary schools are a contributing factor.

I walked by the same broken lockers I used in 1996, learned that various specialists like gym, art, and home economics had been either reduced in scope or eliminated since I left, and saw that the STEM lab was making do in part with old equipment taken from Fuller.

As I did, I wondered how much could be done to restore what was lost or repair what is failing if, rather than spending $30 million for a new West Parish (and unknown future millions to renovate or replace the other four elementary schools), the city decided to consolidate several elementary schools into a renovated Fuller.

Instead, the City appears bent on depriving the vast majority of students of potential resources based on the notion that we must have several, small, elementary schools.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth