Given Out on Referendum
Valley Times, Saturday, May 12, 2001 • 7 Letter to Editor
|To the Editor:
I would like to respond to some of the misinformation that has been given out concerning this new Derby High School referendum which will be held on June 12.
Proponents of this new school are arguing once again about the "educational opportunities" that are involved in this plan. There aren't any educational opportunities afforded the students with the construction of this new. high school. This question was asked back at a public hearing in February 2000, at Bradley School.
Dr. Angelo Dirienzo, who is the former Superintendent
of Schools, and chairman of the first new high school campaign, stated
that there weren't any educational opportunities involved. "This
is strictly about desks and other furniture," he replied;
the state that mandates textbooks." You can update
science, computer and language rooms within the building you have now.
Another myth is
also coming back again about how the state will reimburse 70% of this new
school. That was addressed last year also. The
state doesn't have any money. The money is OUR money,
and OUR money will not be lost to another town if we don't build a new
high school now. That money is kept in escrow for towns and cities
who apply in the future for new school funding. Reimbursement
moneys will not cover cost overruns. The taxes will
not be only $81 added on to the previous school tax if
we have to fund more teachers to teach on these new computers
which change every few years or so.
I would also like to address this New England
Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) report stating that the community
failed to provide appropriate facilities for public school students.
This was in the April 30 edition of the New Haven Register. It was
on the front page of our local news section. On May 1 in that same
paper buried on the back page of this same section, it was announced that
two schools in Derby received accreditation.
St. Mary - St. Michael's School and Derby High School.
I know many people in Derby who work with children and don't fancy a new high school, that doesn't make them monsters. Dr. Gotowala owes the opponents of this school an apology.
As for St. Mary - St. Michael School, if
they needed a new wing tomorrow, I would vote for one. Unlike
Derby High School's staff, this staff are PROFESSIONALS. They are
EDUCATORS. I'll tell you how good they are. I
never knew that they even sought accreditation. For two years they
worked quietly; professionally on the following areas: purposes and objectives,
students and parents, professional staff, and program and administration
of the institution. When the study was completed a team of six administrators
visited the school for three days to interview the administration, faculty,
parents, students and even the alumni.
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