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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Should Wallingford consider a single high school solution?

On Sunday, the Record-Journal published an opinion column by former Board of Education member Len Suzio arguing that the city of Meriden should consider building a single high school on the vacant Hub site between Pratt and State streets downtown.

Suzio said Monday that a single high school holding the city’s 2,500 students would save money by consolidating resources and would free up the former Platt and Maloney parcels for economic development.

“I think it’s irresponsible not to take a serious look at this,” Suzio said.

So with all the discussion about the Board of Education budget in Wallingford lately I wonder what people in town think about a proposal like this?

Should we take a look at the potential savings of combining Lyman Hall and Sheehan into a single “Wallingford High School”?

It’s been discussed before and the idea dropped. I always wondered why.

Meriden is looking to potentially house  2,500 students under one roof – should Wallingford consider this too?

We have less total students in the two high schools than that. If they can come up with a plan that works we should be able to mirror that solution.

What about combining the two middle schools?

I would think that a single campus high school and a single campus middle school would save a ton of money for the town and potentially free up two pieces of property for other municipal use.

What do you think readers?

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