Saturday, February 6, 2010

If at first you don’t succeed….

Let me first state as I have in previous posts that I believe Longmeadow needs a new high school and the current school building project is good for Longmeadow. However, I was a quite dismayed this past week by a discussion that occurred at the Select Board meeting (2/1/10) between Select Person Santaniello and Select Board Chair Barkett. It should be noted that Mr. Barkett is also co-chair of the School Building Committee.

During Monday’s meeting Mr. Barkett stated that one of the reasons for asking for a separate early election on the Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override for the school building project was to be able to have a second [“do-over”] election in case Longmeadow voters said NO to the project. Below is a video excerpt of the discussion courtesy of LCTV…

Talk of a second “do-over” election contingency or actions that try to ensure that newly elected Select Board members (two open seats) after the June 8 town election will promise to hold a second election will surely create great distrust within our town. I hope that our new high school project gets sufficient airing and discussion by town residents so that the vote is overwhelming in favor as it was for the town of Wilbraham last fall.

There is an opportunity this coming week for town residents to get updated and ask questions about the school building project....

The LONGMEADOW SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE will be holding a PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION for the High School Building project. Updated designs and cost estimates will be highlighted by our Owners Project Manager, Architects and School Building Committee members.

Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM
Longmeadow High School Business Technology Center

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