To the Editor,
It is clear that the current Board of Education is out of touch with fiscal reality when it comes to the cost overruns associated with MISA. That the Board is not demanding that the project be scaled back is proof that this Board cares nothing for the children of our Town.
Rather, it is concerned with overspending on projects that were bloated to begin with as well as having no respect for the taxpayers that pay the bill. This Board has already cost the taxpayers untold millions in environmental cleanup because it failed to insist on due diligence prior to the start of construction. It is not surprising that Steve Anderson is urging that the auditorium be built with no modifications – it was under his leadership that this project was proposed. What is surprising is that Peter Sherr and Peter vonBraun have joined him in urging “caution” on any changes to the project that could save money.
The Town can build a perfectly fine high school auditorium without a balcony and orchestra pit. There will be sufficient classrooms if the current auditorium is modified (or better yet, why not gut the current auditorium, “build” a new auditorium there, and construct new classrooms). There will be more than ample room to accommodate student meetings in a scaled back auditorium. Let’s get real BOE. This is poor fiscal managements and in the end our students are not better educated for it.