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  1. ssdmmf

    ssdmmf Member

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    Anyone else out there read the 3 page NY Newsday article about KP? Interesting but no mention was made of the recent drug/cheating scandals....focussed mainly on the funding issues to date , staffing changes and disrepair,....
     
  2. ConcernedAlumni

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    Newsday article text content

    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a fixture in Kings Point for nearly 70 years, is in upheaval with an empty superintendent's chair, deteriorating facilities and a proposed budget cut.
    A series of recent developments has some alumni and parents of students worried about the future of the school, which trains men and women to operate commercial ships and serve as active-duty officers in one of the armed services.
    "I think the state of the school is confusion and uncertainty," said Charles J. Hill, 68, a 1965 graduate and chairman of the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation.

    Moderator Comments: Due to copyright issues the rest of the text has been removed. A link to the article is below; however, I believe one must register to view:
    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/dot-boss-we-will-do-better-at-kings-point-1.3599584
     
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    As always Newsday is a little late on what has already been reported by the Great Neck Record on 1/27/12 . This is a takeout from the interview with the interim superintendent.


    GNR: Are there specific priorities for upgrades and estimates of costs?
    Dr. Kumar:
    Four of the Academy’s six barracks buildings were renovated during 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Of the remaining two barracks one will begin renovation in summer 2012 and the final barrack in 2013. The combined cost for these last two barracks renovations is roughly projected at just over $30 million. The architecture and engineering work getting underway now will provide more accurate cost projections.

    Demolition and replacement of the Academy’s 70-year-old waterfront pier and renovation and modernization of the Academy’s mess hall and its equipment are both scheduled to begin this summer. Past cost projections for the pier project and mess hall project were $15 million and $22 million respectively. However, before construction begins, architecture and engineering designs for those projects are being reviewed for potential cost savings.

    This is a link to the complete interview.

    http://www.antonnews.com/greatneckrecord/news/20540-usmma-qaa-for-great-neck-record.html
     
  4. Bill1899

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    The full text of the Newsday Article also lists the 2011 funding for all of the Academies. USMMA is listed as $85.2 million. West Point is listed as $140 million. If those numbers are correct it would mean that West Point receives about $30,000 per student and Kings Point gets almost $90,000 per student. Is that possible? If so I can see why some of the number crunchers in Washington might be concerned.
     
  5. h20costable

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    $60,000 more per student than West Point? Where is that going? You would think the food in Delano Hall would be better...........
     
  6. Lynpar

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    At least good pizza on Fridays :shake:
     
  7. h20costable

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    Here is a link to today's Newsday Article about what Secretary Lahood said re:USMMA maintenance and other issues.

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/n...demy-1.3599584

    According to the web page you get 5 free views.

    Its good to see that the Secretary is weighing in publicly. Now we need a new Superintendent (My son has had a new one each year he has been at KP).

    On a lighter note: We also need 3 new football coaches (Various positions). Just thought I'd throw that one in for free - In case anybody knows any likely candidates..... Check the Dolphins coaching staff - KP can be a stop in the coaching world that leads to better and bigger things!
     
  8. WKSLP

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    Who are the coaches that are being replaced? My F
    DS is going to be playing football there.
     
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