Mary E. Taylor School

Many cannot understand why Superintendent Maria Libby and board member Dailey would be so determined to demolish the only good building on Knowlton Street. All buildings that have been added since are no good and they will tear them down. It is not just sentimental reasons that many Camden natives have toward the building, but it is a fine building. It has been proven so by those who work on preserving old structures, like Stuart Smith and Michael Mullins, with so many great ideas that some of the school board turned down. It also has been declared historic by the National Register of Historic Places in Augusta, as well as Camden's Historic Resource Committee, which works hard to preserve town-owned historic buildings. Why demolish a perfectly good brick building?

I care for all those reasons, but also I am a long-time taxpayer and resident of Camden. The school budget is always more than all the Camden departments combined. The superintendent of schools receives higher pay than the governor of Maine. Also, we shall be paying the debt on the Camden Hills Regional High School, as well as the building to house grades one through five in Rockport. Now we will have a debt for many years also on the $26 million project for only the junior high students about to be built.

The school board is elected to serve the will of the people and to educate the pupils so when they graduate they can read, write and be able to fill out a job application. This, in many cases, is not happening. Maybe it is time to concentrate on learning, and not on buildings that do not last.

Barbara F. Dyer

Camden

(Who served on the select board, many town committees, and kept her eye on the town of Camden for the past 93 years.)

 

A Housing Opportunity

The senior citizen residence at 63 Washington St. in Camden, is closing its doors and is expected to be sold. The handsome 120-year-old house was built in 1898 as a place for widows and older single women to live, with single rooms, meals provided, shared dining and living rooms, and with an enormous vegetable garden out the back to feed the residents (in a time when everybody in Camden had one).

I am sorry that 63 is closing; the board labored mightily to keep it going. The state has not been able to help and it seems that our society has changed, and older people prefer to remain in their homes until they are too frail to do so and are not as accustomed to living in common with other people. But I am wishing that this grand old house might be acquired by a cooperative housing group of people, who want to live together, eat together, share the company and responsibilities, and do it right in Camden, a walking town, near the library, the post office, grocery store, town office, shops and restaurants — and that the community garden out in the back might continue to grow vegetables! Any takers out there?

Beedy Parker

Camden