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Monday, May 21, 2007

New Schools Mean Noise, Broken Promises

May 16, 2007 / Appen Newspapers / Milton Herald / Letters To The Editor

It is not surprising that the Fulton Board of Education announces as a done deal the purchase of land for a new high school in the city of Milton ("Deja vu for high school site," April 11, 2007).That is the way the BOE operates – in total secret. For nearby residents of the new high school, middle school and elementary school that will be built at the intersections of Birmingham Highway, Wood Road and Freemanville Road, I say: "Hold onto your hats."You are about to engage in the most frustrating process you can ever imagine.

The BOE will soon schedule "Community Meetings" which they will bill as "input sessions."What they don't tell you is that they don't care what your input is, because they have already made their plans, and they are not going to change them. They will tell you about traffic improvements that will be implemented, but they won't tell you that they have absolutely no authority make any changes in regards to traffic.If you attempt to sue the BOE and then negotiate a settlement, they will agree to concessions, and once you withdraw your lawsuit they will renege on every promise they made.

Your complaints will fall on deaf ears, and you will be characterized as "small pockets of complaints."Are you interested in preserving the quiet life? Those mega-speakers in the football stadium will blast rap music and blaring announcements at decibel levels that are akin to listening to a jack hammer at a distance of 50 feet.

The BOE will tell you that there are only five football games in the Fall. But, what they don't tell you is that there are five varsity games, five JV games, and five freshman games. And, they won't tell you that the stadium and the sound system will also be used for girls and boys soccer, track, lacrosse, band competitions, and whatever else they can come up with.Your only hope is to band together and stop this project in its tracks. If you don't, you will regret it every day.

JOSE CREAMER / North Fulton

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I share in your sentiments as well as many others on Freemanville Road and surrounding neighborhoods. Please contact me. Lisa Cauley at protectmilton@aol.com.