LETTER: Seeking an informed decision

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

Facts, opinions, questions, and comments for informed decisions: Stratford High School needs repairs, upgrades, and additions at the minimum. Sunday I spoke to Councilman Alan Llewelyn who’s been a project manager. He answered most concerns and questions that I had relative to construction and equipment costs and oversight in planning and until construction is complete. He was highly credible.

I still prefer ex-Superintendent Cornish’s proposal to convert the Wooster School campus to Stratford High School for several reasons. However, the experts felt otherwise.

There is a guaranteed maximum price, project management agreement, and controls within the actual construction, labor, and equipment costs which went from $56 million to $ 125.9 million, because a newer and better building was being constructed, while renovations will be done to the old school. Classrooms will be physically larger and better capable to handle anticipated needs. Additional rooms are planned for more diverse fields of study. There are many positives about the proposed plan.

Conversely, the same administration, party, and Town Council had created the proposed discounted sewer plant sale, inflated sewer fees, and Stratford High School construction plan. They doubled bonded from $56 million to (including $90 and $108 million) $125.9 million. How credible are their escalating school bonding cost estimates found in their agendas, based on their history?

Stratford construction and equipment projects seem to always have ongoing change orders boosting costs not covered by experts who are involved until project is complete. So far solar or renewable energy isn’t included as not cost effective. No one can foresee jobs, products, and services which have never existed due to rapid technological evolution, which will affect demands and costs to high schools and education.

Is it unfair to observe that so far Daponte’s town councilors and Feehan’s Board of Education limited selective transparency, and their voting appear to rubber stamp and cover for predecessors and other government departments preferred treatment over public interests? Consent dissent? Arthur Conan Doyle: “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”  

George E. Mulligan

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