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Forum, Dec. 1: The future of K-12 education in Sunapee

Published: 11/30/2019 10:00:16 PM
Modified: 11/30/2019 10:00:14 PM
Future of K-12 education in Sunapee

The Sunapee community is at a critical decision point regarding K-12 education in town. The iconic 1928 elementary school building on the hill has served to the end of its useful life and the community must now choose the path for educating our students. To remain a K-12 community, voters must approve spending to create a safe and adequate learning space. The School Board’s Capital Improvements subcommittee has been working with consultants and the community to develop a K-12 plan focused on needs, not wants, to bring to the voters in March.

The decision time for our community has come. To learn more about the project, go to (click on “capital improvement projects”) and attend the fourth project community forum on Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., at Sunapee Middle High School.

As has been discussed over the past two decades, the old school is overdue for extensive repairs and modernization, driven by a lengthy list of compliance shortcomings — fire and safety, the Americans with Disabilities Act and recommendations from the Department of Education as well as Homeland Security. These lists do not address the educational shortcomings and constraints of the old building. Voters in 2018 voted down repairing and expanding the old elementary school, so the subcommittee elected to pursue a modern K-12 campus that will meet the education and safety needs for all students for years to come.

If the community chooses not to support spending to provide adequate education space in town, the next School Board in March will have to begin exploring options for safe and adequate education space, for at least some of our students, outside of Sunapee. All community members are encouraged to attend the next forum about the school project to learn about the revised plans and pricing, ask questions and lend your voice to the conversation and decision.



The writer chairs the Sunapee School Board.

Give the gift of life on Wednesday

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all blood donors to Tracy Hall in Norwich on Wednesday, from noon-6 p.m. The blood drive is part of the 19 Days of Norwich celebration. It is dedicated to Daniel Somerville. Daniel was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He received many blood transfusions, which gave him and our family more time and improved the quality of his life. Dan lost his battle on Dec. 2, 1993, at the age of 15.

Since 1996 this drive has collected more than 4,500 pints of life-saving blood. We truly appreciate all the donors who have participated over the past 23 years. Many of you have given at most of the drives. Donors can make appointments by logging onto or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

We know there are many organizations worthy of your time and money. Please remember, money cannot buy blood. It can only come from dedicated volunteers willing to give their time to give the gift of life. There is always a need and it can, and does, save lives.

Thank you for your support in honoring the Norwich community and Daniel’s memory at this time. We are thankful that Dan’s life continues to make a difference even though he is in heaven.



‘The swamp’ strikes back

When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is hard to remember your initial objective was to “drain the swamp.” The spoiled, orange-haired child is about to be devoured by the alligators. Too bad.


Lyme Center

The Democrats’ cast of liars

In response to Alice Morrison’s recent Forum letter (“Everyone should have to take oath,” Nov. 26), I couldn’t help but notice that she neglected to mention Adam Schiff and the rest of the Democrats’ cast of liars. If you’re going to name names, name them all.



There will come a day ...

Most of us have had childhood heroes, someone we would like to grow up to be. Some of these heroes persist into our adulthood. Albert Einstein is one of mine. My admiration of him continues to this day, although given my laughable math skills there was never the slightest chance I could emulate his career path.

Einstein, like many other physicists, was also a philosopher and humanist, and it is this aspect of his persona that produced one of his most memorable quotes: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

He made this statement in tribute to a man widely revered, Mahatma Gandhi. It comes to mind today because of man widely reviled, President Donald J. Trump.

There is no need to recount all the reasons this deeply flawed man should not be and should never have been president. We are daily assaulted with his vitriol on social media. We hear demonstrable lies from him over and over. Many of us are disheartened and exhausted by this unceasing stream of venom.

Our democracy is on fire. No one knows how far it will spread; no one knows how to put it out. He will be impeached but not removed from office because Republican senators fear the cultish devotion of Republican voters to the president.

We must endure. We must not lose hope. Our democracy, no matter how gravely battered, will survive. There will come a day we will scarce believe that such a one as this walked upon this earth.



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