Without holding a significant public forum as promised, the School Board voted 6 to 3 to close Meagher School earlier this evening. It might interest the public to know that no Aldermen showed up at the meeting. Other than myself, none of the candidates for Mayor showed up. I find that disgraceful.
Where was Bill Reynolds? Meagher is in his ward. Where was Clement? Polacco? Gallo? Turco-Levin? None of them showed up to fight for Meagher School.
For those interested, the following people on the Board voted to close Meagher: Uhl, Coston, Childs, McCoy, Farrell, and Shaughnessy. There were 2 no votes and 1 abstention. Of all the members, the one who pushed to the hardest was Chris Farrell.
The two members who voted no and the abstention are up for election this May. The only one of the "yes" votes up for election is Reverend Childs. Obviously, I would like to see him defeated. When Farrell runs in 2012, I very much want to see him defeated.
Regardless, Meagher School is coming to an end. It will either sit and rot, or the Board will sell Crown Street and move its offices into the Meagher Building. It is a sad day in Kingston.