As someone who has been at nearly every North Stonington Board of Education meeting over the last 3 years, as well as a former member of the North Stonington Board of Finance, I would like to share my humble perspective on the proposal of a new school building project.
Now is, without a doubt, the time to do this project. We will be getting a 40+ million dollar project for only 22-25 million dollars due to state reimbursements. Interest rates and construction costs are historically low, and our town has almost no debt at this time.
Our schools have been found to have PCB’s in them (cancer causing agents). Updates will need to be done whether this project passes or not. In turn, if you vote yes it will cost us less as taxpayers if we don’t piecemeal this project.
Beyond the dollars and cents there are countless educational benefits. Our 6th graders will be moved back to the elementary school which is proven to have educational benefits. Our science, technology, and music programs will be state of the art. When it comes to investing, it is all about timing. There is no better time than now. Please vote YES on Monday, June 23.