But What If the Referendum Fails?
These buildings have reached the ends of their lives. There are many problems.
Kosta Diamantis (Director, Office of School Construction Grants & Review, Department of Administrative Services, State of Connecticut) spoke about the process and moving forward at the Public Hearing. Below are his comments. (the entire video of the Public Hearing can be found on the Dig in Here page)
Kosta Diamantis also spoke specifically about renovations at the Public Hearing. Below are his comments. (the entire video of the Public Hearing can be found on the Dig in Here page)
Should one or both questions on the referendum fail, the building(s) will still be in bad condition (with bad bones) and still be out of compliance with ADA and still have the Warning from NEASC. They will still have all the problems that began this process.
The Board of Education would have to immediately shift gears and start work on the Various Capital Projects for the building(s) where the new construction option failed.
You may recall from the start of this journey that the Capital Projects approach and the Alterations to Existing approach were much more expensive and will not be eligible for State reimbursement. In the table below, the “Alterations to Existing” estimates do not include escalation costs which will add even more to the burden New Fairfield will have to cover on its own.
Let’s not forget that the disruption costs that are not included in the numbers listed above for “Capital Projects” and “Alterations to Existing” will include portable classrooms. For both buildings, it will add about $25 million to the estimated cost. This will add even more to the burden New Fairfield will have to cover on its own.
Remember what Kosta said at the public hearing, “Forty portable classrooms that we recently did on a major reconstruction project … cost $9 million … for 412 students.” (Around 0:07:00 minute mark)
So, should one or both questions on the referendum fail, New Fairfield will end up paying even more that the combined cost of the two new schools proposed.
To be clear, if one or both new school questions on the referendum fail, the taxpayers in New Fairfield will pay much more.
If you are even thinking about not voting for one or both new schools, go back and look at how bad they are and read the supporting documents.
Then look again at the comparison of the options above – Two new schools are the lowest investment for the taxpayers of New Fairfield and the best educational approach to support our kids.
Keep in mind that the cost of the project approved at referendum is the maximum allowable project cost.
We have kicked the can down the road for too long!
Vote YES for both Schools and look to what happens after the referenda pass.
Paid for by Build New Fairfield’s Future – Treasurer Josh Becket Flores , Chairman Eric Alviti