As a result of the previous MGT study, a K-8 was proposed to replace three aging schools. The BOE at that time failed to present an adequate and thorough proposal for the K-8 and the project was rejected by the Commissioners, thus beginning the highly flawed and rushed process to close schools. That rushed process was a direct result from years of kicking the proverbial can down the road. It led to a proposal that lacked long-term planning and failed to address the impending capital needs of East Middle, even after the commissioners expressed their reluctancy to fund capital projects. All of which were concerns expressed by BOE members, but ultimately, even with reservations, 4 out of 5 board members still voted in favor of closing schools. If those with concerns would have stood their ground and demanded more time to come up with a long-term comprehensive plan that made sense and addressed capital needs, or fought harder for the K-8, the school system would be in a much better position than it is today.