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High School Consolidation Committee Members Interviewed on Radio Program [AUDIO]

Take our poll regarding whether or not you support the proposed high school consolidation plan.

With one graduation down and one to go tonight, the focus of the Enfield educational community will soon be on the planned consolidation of the town's two high schools.

Town officials plan to consolidate and high schools in 2014, at the present site of Enfield High School. The cost of renovating the existing building is estimated at $103 million, with more than 70 percent of that eligible for state reimbursement.

A referendum question asking voters to decide on funding the project is expected to be on the November ballot. 

A Pre-Referendum High School Consolidation Committee has been established to work with school officials and the project architect. Last Wednesday, on Rock 102 radio to discuss the project.

Click here to listen to the Rock 102 interview.

Maureen June 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I see the consolidation as a chance to offer more class variety as the pool of students will not be split in two facilities anymore. A minimum number of students is needed to offer extra classes and currently neither school hits that minimum for some classes but combined they do.
Scott June 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I'm voting for this strictly as a benefit to my wallet. How often in the history of any town do you get the opportunity to greatly reduce administrators? Normally it is the lower paid (least senior) teacher that gets laid off. In this case, you do not need 2 Principals, or all of the Vice-Principals. The reduced salary structure is a cost savings that will keep producing, year after year. Millions will be saved every year. Multiple that over 20-30 years and this project more than pays for itself. And all of this savings with minimal disruption - and major gains to the education of the student themselves.
Maureen Brennan June 21, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Great job Pat and Randy. Thanks for putting in the effort to get the word out.
BLee June 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
totally support the consolidation! With a child currently in the middles school - I'm looking forward to this. I've been in both high school and in my opinion - they both are dismal and dreary and in great need of upgrades. As Scott put it - we also will benefit financially and the children will not be divided. One town - one school!
B June 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
VOTE YES...Everyone in town especially property owners need to realize how important this project is for each of us. We will not be able to meet future core curriculm standards without improvements to our high schools putting us in jeopardy of losing our accrediation. This would be a huge failure as residents if we allow this to happen, affecting the future of the children in our town. Losing accrediation for our education system will also directly affect the value of the property in town. After all school system ratings matter to home buyers. The state grant reimbursing approximately 70% of this project has specific requirements for the project to be new construction or renovate as new, the latter being the option being put forth. This percentage is re-evaluated yearly and could go down in the future, that is why it is so important to pass a referendum this year to lock in our reimbursement rate. Reimbursement rates range form 20-80% across the state. Losing accrediation could also have more parents looking at magnet schools adding more of a burden on the budget. The ripples from this single project I believe are far reaching. Education is key. Educationing everyone in town about the importance of passing a referendum in support of this project is key.

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