The Facilities Committee includes: Mr Jeff Billing (Chair), Mr John Auerbach, and Mr Herman Engel. The Five Year Capital project Plan was discussed at tonight’s meeting. To provide a perspective, the following is a summary of money that was allocated to be spent for the school facilities in 2016-2017. The amount budgeted to be spent in 2017-2018 is also included.
The district continues to spend significantly less money than was originally budgeted for school facilities.
It is interesting to note that for school year 2017-2018 only a modest amount of money has been budgeted for the High School despite the issues with lighting in the auditorium, the dismal conditions of the bathrooms, the school roof, and HVAC system.
John Auerbach questioned why so little of the money allocated for capital projects is not spent. Mr. Auerbach asked if a better process for identifying projects that will take place in the school year is needed. Mr. Auerbach also asked the Superintendent why improvements desperately needed for the High School continue to be postponed. Dr. Marchese responded that he didn’t want to spend money on the High School until he knew what was being done with building. Mr. Auerbach reminded Dr. Marchese that the current FIG proposal postpones the renovation of the High School until 2023 and that it is not realistic to wait until 2023 to fix the High School. The only answer from Mr Jeff Billing (Chairman of the Facilities Committee) and Dr. Marchese was to trust the process.
Call to Action - It is clear from this meeting that taxes will continue to rise unless the school board steps in and forces the administration to control costs. It is critical that community members have their voices heard by the school board. Please consider attending upcoming school board meetings and/or sending letters via e-mail to the school board members.
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