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Harding Construction
updated: Jun 11, 2014, 10:16 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What is up with the construction currently underway at Harding University Partnership School on the Westside? The entire blacktop and playground area has been completely torn up so it appears to be much more than a simple resurfacing.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 527130P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 10:57 AM

It's about time. It was horrible.


 COMMENT 527135P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 11:04 AM

What difference does it make? No matter what they're building or trying to improve, Harding "University" is still going to be the yardstick with which truly awful local schools are measured. The best thing to happen to Harding "University" would be to close it down and send the alleged students to Adams, McKinley & Monroe.


 COMMENT 527141 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 11:11 AM

Good news that playground is embarrassing for a school in the United States.


 COMMENT 527150P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 11:25 AM

Hey...be nice to Harding! I graduated from Harding and S.B.H.S. Attended college, earning a B.A. with a 4.00 GPA.


 COMMENT 527162 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 11:49 AM

Yeah, you can go to a bad school and get some good teachers or have some good parents that make sure you get a decent education.

Probably no parent can send their kid to a public school these days and think they will get a good education without a lot of intervention and encouragement.

Parenting seems to be the number 1 factor in education, which is why trying to spend more on education without getting the parents involved is a waste of money.


 COMMENT 527171 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 12:19 PM

University? Pretentious to say the least.


 COMMENT 527188 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 12:49 PM

They're doing the same thing at Peabody. Just bulldozed some structures they built only a few years ago. It's easy to spend other peoples money and then just ask for more.


 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 12:55 PM

It seems that the Westside is really a mess, Gillespie Street is all dug up and driving on it is treacherous..Lash Construction is doing all of the work but I think they must finish one project before they begin another..the streets are now neglected (Gillespie)
But the school has all of their attention ..
I hate driving on the Westside


 COMMENT 527207 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 01:36 PM

Article in the Indy says that the Harding principal just resigned.

They are also tearing up the parking lot at La Cumbre Jr. High.


 COMMENT 527208 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 01:36 PM

It's a long awaited and much needed improvement to the playground. So happy to see this happening! To play the "back in my day..." game: Back in my day, we could access the playground of my elementary school during holidays and the weekend to shoot hoops or play on the monkey bars. It was public, like a park, and it made me feel a deeper connection to my school. It would be wonderful if schools became open to the community after class times--that was really nice.


 COMMENT 527236P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 02:14 PM

Exactly, 135P. I would homeschool before sending my child to that awful school. Adam's comes in as a close second to worst - though I did hear that the principal at Adams proudly proclaimed at this years 6th grade promotion that they were the best class ever because none of them had ever been suspended. How's that for a "yardstick"? Maybe Adams and Harding can trade places each year for worst public school, depending on which class has more suspensions.


 COMMENT 527265 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 03:04 PM

They will improve the playground, but they will still lock it after hours and on weekends. Otherwise the amateur soccer players come in and tear up the fields with their professional style cleats, and the neighbors bring in their dogs and don't clean up after them. Plus providing after hours access for vandalism.

That's the world we live in now.


 COMMENT 527296P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 04:24 PM

@236P: I thought I was the only one who picked up on the Adams principal's remark at 6th grade graduation that it was a really good school year because no one got suspended. I'd like to suggest a new slogan that would apply to both Adams AND Harding: "WE HAVE STANDARDS. THEY MAY BE LOW, BUT WE HAVE THEM."


 COMMENT 527308P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-11 04:54 PM

Lol, 296P!


 COMMENT 527458 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-12 10:18 AM

777, that is something that should be reported to the principal and to the school district. At the very least it should be documented so if is an ongoing problem then the District can be embarrassed about it later in the media. then they might actually have to do something about it.


 COMMENT 527511 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-12 12:49 PM

OK folks, here's the scoop: I live very near Harding, and a few days ago the principal of the school, Vanesha Davis, left a flyer dated June 4 at my gate. She states that thanks to the 2010 Measure R bond issue, the school will rip out and then replace "asphalt, concrete, fencing, turf, play equipment, drainage, and fall surfaces." You all feel better now? Glad you voted for that Measure R? No mention of hiring more teachers with our tax money, or increasing language training for the pupils. Then a few evenings ago, as I was walking past the school, 3 of the little darlings were pitching rocks at the school windows in the alley. When they saw me watching, they flipped me off and fled. Wouldn't it be nice if the money spenders would direct some efforts toward civilizing these pupils?


 COMMENT 527526 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-12 01:35 PM

I live across from the school, too. Why not save some money and resurface the blacktop and just replace the play equipment? They even tore out the fencing. It all has to be replaced.....And my biggest gripe: Years ago the lower grade playground was also blacktop. Voters were encouraged to pass a ballot measure providing funding for the grass playground because the neighborhood needed a park. So how do we get to use this 'park' now?


 COMMENT 527778 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 10:32 AM

I am a teacher at Harding, and I would like to address a few of the "issues" discussed here. First and foremost, it is unacceptable for this site and community members to criticize the students at Harding in such an offensive way. These are children. If you have a problem with student behavior, please take the time to seek an audience with the administration. We do not allow students to behave in this way, and we will work to correct anything that goes against our school behavior policy. Next, the campus renovations are being funded by a bond measure. That was something we voted on, and there is nothing our school site or students can do to change the situation. We welcome the improvements, and we are excited that our students will have facilities that match those of every school. Last, we set the highest standards for our students. All teachers would welcome any community member to visit our school.


 COMMENT 527862 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 02:51 PM

I am glad to see the post by 527778. I read these comments this morning and shocked by some of what I saw, decided to return and post my impressions of Harding.

First, I am not a parent, nor am I teacher or otherwise connected with that (or any other) local school, although I live near an elementary school. But last spring I was invited by a friend to participate in the local reading day.

I was excited by the idea but also a bit apprehensive. What would I, so very much older, with such a different background, New England, graduate degrees, a childhood where books and reading were the most important of childhood, have to share with a class of 21st century 4th graders, AND not just any class but a full-to-near-bursting room of 31 children! And what from worlds of books should I choose?

I needn’t have worried. It was a, maybe the highpoint of last year. That fun! Rather than searching for contemporary books, I chose two of my favorites, hoping that childhood now is not unlike childhood of yesteryear. FERDINAND, the gentle bull who didn’t want to fight, and THE LITTLE HOUSE, a book that got me thinking as a child about the connection of houses and land and people.


 COMMENT 527864 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 02:53 PM

It was a wonderful experience, from the greeting at the door to the school by kids obviously excited to have new visitors to their school to reading itself to the classroom! I was sorry to leave that morning.

Delighted, I discovered that quite a few of the kids, mostly Hispanic or Latino, had already read Ferdinand. Some, too, had already read The Little House. Their questions afterwards were good ones. And then some weeks later, I got a packet of their essays about the less-than-an-hour I was there, showing me that reading for these young Santa Barbarans is just as meaningful as it was for me. And eye-opening, too, some of the comments: for instance, I had not thought of Ferdinand as being funny and it was thoughtful to find that others do.

I find so many of the comments here about Harding dismaying. As the 527778 post said, these are children at that school. How would any of us like to have our children described as some have done here? How would you like them to read what you wrote? If there’s a problem at that school, then the weight of its blame falls on us and on the school trustees. Maybe having a freshly upgraded play area will help them feel good about themselves, especially if they have any sense of the attitudes expressed here.

Sometimes, it’s important to not take advantage of the anonymity of the internet; real people can get really hurt by mean comments and for a child thoughtless stings go deep.



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