Work and learn at ‘Anisa Scott Prep’
We are late to this debate, what to do with the 72-acre Oscar Mayer site, now growing weeds on Madison’s northeast side.
The City of Madison has signaled spending $300 million on that and the surrounding 350 acres on housing, retail, and parkland. The gray lab coats have a better idea. (“When better ideas are hatched, Blaska Policy Werkes will hatch them.”)
We propose a secure, residential middle/high school for troubled youth. Dane County would partner with the State of Wisconsin to replace the troubled Lincoln Hills up north but on a regional basis, serving surrounding counties as well.
Way overdue. How many more National Merit scholars and 11-year-old girls must die before we heed Police Captain Mike Hanson * and admit what we’re doing now (or not doing now) ain’t working.
Some “residents” will be court-ordered, others will be voluntarily admitted by their parent(s). State law should be tweaked to hold adult parents responsible for the criminal actions of their juvenile progeny. That would increase voluntary commitments.
What a great use for the old Oscar Mayer plant! Or, at least, the southern half of it extending from the 273,000-square foot office building (at center left in photograph). It could serve as dormitory and school. Rip out most of the asphalt, turn it into playing fields and a small produce farm. With tractors! The out buildings could house dairy cows and chickens, milked and managed by the residents. Food preparation, welding classes, carpentry as well as college-bound classwork. Blazers with a school crest, inter-school sports, chaperoned field trips. All surrounded by a 10-foot high fence!
NO TRUANCY! No back sass! No victimhood! Instead: work, responsibility, and pride!
* Captain Mike Hanson: “We really need to look at the totality of the circumstances between silos, between the criminal justice system itself, state laws, and start from scratch and say we have a problem,” Hanson said. “We have a problem that we’re arresting a 14-year-old for his fifth time stealing a car. We have a problem where these youth are committing shootings where innocent people are struck or even killed. Until that message resonates at higher levels than I, in the state legislature and the state government, we’re going to still be here at Groundhog’s Day.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Much greater need than that stupid food court. Name it after Anisa Scott and Anthony Chung.