| Public meeting planned
on school crowding
Joanne M. Pelton, Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief June 19, 2001
DERBY — The former chairman of the School Building Committee plans to call a public meeting in the next two weeks to discuss what to do about overcrowding at the high school.
Aldermanic President Michael Kelleher, D-3, said he wants input from residents, who voted down a proposal to build a new school last week.
The building committee was disbanded after the referendum and a new committee would have to be appointed to address another plan, said Kelleher.
Last Tuesday voters rejected by 455 votes a $31.4 million proposal to build a new school off Route 34.
Last year a $40.6 million plan to build a high school and transform the high school into a middle school was rejected by referendum. < Down by 665 -enm >
The two referendums cost $7,000, said Tax Board Chairman Henry Domurad.
Kelleher said the issue must be faced, even if it means spending taxpayer money for a third referendum.
"This is not an issue that is going away," he said. "Now that people have said 'no,' we still have to look at some type of plan to head off overcrowding at the high school."
Kelleher said that many residents favor an addition to the current facility on Nutmeg Avenue, which was built in 1968.
Kelleher said he hopes those who voted against the school come to the meeting.
"I want to know from them where we should go from here," he said.
School officials said there are 638
students at the high school in grades 7-12, and they
expect about 782 students at the high school during the 2004-2005
Superintendent of Schools Martin Gotowala said new space would have to be found.
He said the Board of Education will move out of the high school in
the next week to free up three classrooms in an effort to ease overcrowding.