Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:42 AM
Sent: Jun 25, 2009 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: Save the Old Rock School!
Thanks for your opinion.
Quite frankly, this is not about religious beliefs & I
could care less what they are as I am certain you could care less about mine.
There are over 2000 religions in the United States today, each with their own
views & each claims to be the right one. Obviously they can't all be right. You
can only hope that yours is right but only God knows definitely. I'm sure there
are Atheists that want it destroyed as well. This is not the argument.
No, this is simply about our rights as tax payers to have
the final say about how our property is managed in MISD. This involves more than
you people & the board. This is about the rights of the tax payers in the entire
district, from Tool to Payne Springs to decide what happens.
This involves the city,the district & the county as it
affects all of them.
That building is no more a hazard to your child than it was when you attended.
If it is, then prove it with FACTS & not fear & innuendo.
Moving it, though possible, is simply ridiculous,
especially within the time frame given. The real problem is you people do not
want to negotiate & compromise for the benefit of everyone. If you really wanted
it moved, you would help try to raise the funds but you simply want to
dictate,through 4 individuals what you believe & everyone else is wrong. This is
the basis of all religions. Jesus would be ashamed of most Christians today as
his teachings have been twisted & distorted for the benefit of their brand of
The real problem is that you
people have nothing constructive to add to help bring a realistic, workable
solution for the betterment of your community.Your 2 arguments are weak & are
not based on any facts.
This has been the case from day 1.
How are you going to answer your child when he/she asks one
day why such a wonderful building was destroyed. Imagine what it would be like
to have the Red Waller Library, a historical museum where the Malakoff Man &
other artifacts of Malakoffs coal mining & brick industry could be displayed
along with a creative/performing arts center next door where teachers could walk
their class to instead of having to climb on a school bus?
Not to mention the jobs that would be created during
renovation & subsequent operation of the building.
How much of Malakoffs history do you know?
As far as safety, I'd rather see those students seek
shelter in that solid rock building than in that tin building that will be a
twisted pile of rubble in case of severe storm or other catastrophe.
We all need to work together to bring about a realistic,
workable solution for the benefit of the entire community.
Have a glorious day!
Ricky L. Armstrong
On Jun 24, 2009, at 21:37, Lance And kourtney perkins
My name is Kourtney Perkins and I am a current
parent of a Malakoff Elementary Student I believe everyone can have there own
opinions, but we do not live in the past. This isn't a matter of being a
christian or not. If you are a believer the bible simply tells us not to dwell
on the past. I currently have a first grade student at Malakoff Elementary and I
too went to this school as a younger child. I believe in the welfare of my
child over nostalgia. I would like to see the building moved and preserved at a
different location further away from elementary kids. I feel some people may
view this differently if they had children currently in the school. Simply, my
this is my
response after reading Rick's e-mail, I realize we have someone that is
willing to work to help Malakoff, it's been a while.
RICKY ARMSTRONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK.. we have been reading
about this rock school issue... my first response was to feel that each person
voted what they thought best. well, Ricky Armstrong has posed some of the best
reasons i can think of to let it become something positive and advantageous
for Malakoff. Let's roll up out sleeves and help! Think of the cost to build a
facility this large (and beautiful with a little TLC)
I have been very guilty throughout the years for watching
things happen and then complaining about it. This issue should not split our
town, but bring our community closer together. Theatre and Arts& Library would
be an excellent idea. And that has a way of generating revenue as well as an
area of this building could be set up for other events to be held here. As far
as the worry about all the horrible people they are afraid of getting near our
children, uh? How many of us (CHRISTIANS) have made a effort to stop on the
streets of Malakoff and tried to witness or help these misguided people
that need to hear
God's word instead of just trying to build a fence to keep them at bay.? I
haven't tried to help them in any way .Have you people that are so concerned
about what's right tried to offer them a hand up? I didn't think so. I do not
want this " School Of Rock " catchy uh? to go to waste. My sleeves are rolled
up, it's time to unite this community, this could be the tool to do it....I'm
ready. Tell me what to do....!!!!!
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:13 PM
Had it not been for me having to be out of
town for my uncle's funeral, I would have been at the board meeting. Since I
was not able to attend, I have relied on information from those that were in
I have received numerous emails from those that want to tear the old rock
school down yet not one of them can provide a compelling, logical argument as
to why. One respondent simply said, "the rock building has to go. Tear it
down". Now that's convincing & it almost made me change my mind. Ha! Ha!
They keep harping about student safety & they are looking out for the best
interest of the students. BS! If they needed to expand the elementary or the
building was going to fall on somebody or was full of noxious chemicals or was
adversely impacting the district, that would be one thing but they have
conjured up fear mongering tactics by trying to make it sound like a bunch of
druggies, prostitutes and sexual deviants will be lurking around the rock
building. It's a crock but that's how a few people are able to control many
peoples way of thinking & influence them to vote their way.
But rather than consider what could be done with the building, they only see
the destruction of it as the only alternative.
If they truly had the students interest at heart, they would be considering
turning it into a venue from which the students could actually use and gain
benefit from. The question is what harm is that building creating for the
students, the school district or the city?
Many small towns are trying to preserve what is left of their history & are
converting the old schools into museums, libraries & cultural centers for the
community. There could be art classes, dance classes, music classes & a
multitude of cultural experiences that would benefit the students & the
Hubbard has converted their old school, which was built during the same era as
Malakoff's & has opened the town's museum in it.
Franklin is in the process of renovating the old Carnegie Library into a
visitors center. Hearne is in the process of renovating their old railroad
depot. These are just a few examples but it's happening all over including
Mineola, Gladewater, Ben Wheeler and many other places.
If they were truly interested in the welfare of the students, they would see
the building as an opportunity rather than a nuisance.
Today, there is nothing in Malakoff to get people to stop and visit the town,
albeit a few convenience stores & a couple of fast food joints. There are 10
or so antique & resale shops downtown & 2 or 3 of us along Royall Blvd but we
are struggling due to lack of customers (tourists) & the high cost of doing
business in this town. We chose to do business here because we believed in the
potential but with no promotion & nothing to draw people to town, we may not
be here long. The result of this would create more tax burden on property
owners due to falling sales tax revenues due to our businesses closing.
No one knows that there is anything in Malakoff other than what is on Hwy 31 &
most of it ain't pretty. And there is certainly nothing for a child to
do in this town.
The Rock School is the only building left in town, with the exception of the
Bartlett house, the ice house and a couple of homes, that has a tie to
Malakoff's rich history of the coal mining & brick industry. It is the
only attraction left that has the potential to draw in people driving through
town & actually get them to stop at some place other than Mickey D's, Sonic or
the Exxon to buy beer.
It would look great to have that building featured on the brochures that the
Chamber of Commerce wants to put out in the state's visitor centers & roadside
parks to promote Malakoff as a destination to bring in more sales tax revenue.
By the way, the city council is against this & one council member suggested
printing the brochures but keep them here. Who would see them? This is the
type of mentality ( or lack thereof) that we are dealing with here.
Maybe if we had more sales tax revenue, perhaps our school property tax bill
might go down. Wishful thinking.
There was recently an old historic house across from the Happy Days Shell that
burned recently. I thought surely someone would restore this house to it's
former self. But then it was gone, demolished. Do you know what is going up in
it's place? A drive through beer barn.
So it appears the decision of the city leaders is to let the historic places
be fodder for the wrecking ball & let the town be consumed by beer retailers,
fast food joints & dollar stores.
The school board meeting Monday night was a farce from the get go. It was
simply staged performance for the benefit of a few. The most vocal of the
group that want it destroyed appeared to be the pastor & some members of the
largest church in town. For some reason, they want it torn down. Why? Do they
need more parking? The ones that spoke in favor of destroying it just
seemed to be parroting what they were saying.
The decision to destroy the rock school had been made long ago & the board
knew when it placed unrealistic stipulations that nobody could have met within
the time alloted. You can't raise money for something you don't own. Projects
like these are long term & take much time & money to implement. The Historic
Society was never given a fair chance at success.
So what's the bottom line you ask? There are some actions that can be taken
but it will take a concerted effort by everyone of you that cares about this
town & are against this injustice.
First of all, if you own property within MISD, you should have a say in what
happens to the building, whether you still live here or not. If you pay
property taxes to MISD, you should have the last say, not 4 individuals.
Secondly, we should try to force a referendum for a vote by ALL MISD tax
payers, not just those that live in Star
Harbor or Cross Roads & were able
to attend the board meeting.. If all else fails, then we should call for a
recall election of the school board. Finally, I suggest that we get the TV &
newspapers in DFW, Austin & Tyler aware of what's going on.
To those of you that have been in on these emails & don't have an interest in
this topic, I apologize for taking up your time.
To those of you that disagree with these views, that is your prerogative & I
support your right to express your opinion & I am glad to hear it, provided it
is based on common sense & facts & not fear fueled speculation.
To those of you that agree that the Old
Rock School needs to be saved, we need
your support in this endeavor in order to succeed.
Ricky L. Armstrong
Save The Old Rock School!