To the Editor:

My name is David Smith and for those that do not know, I am one of two School Board members that have been leading the Central School construction committee for the past year. We have learned a lot about the needs of the students while balancing the value to the community. I will attempt to keep this short and feel the best way to communicate why, as a taxpayer and community member, I support this project. I give you “Dave’s Top 10 Reasons to Support Warrant Articles 2 & 4.”

10.) I love this town. I have been a nomad all my life living, moving no less than 20x between 5 states and 12 towns/cities. This is the first time I have lived somewhere that feels like home.

9.) This plan IS right sized to accommodate the growth of the student population for the foreseeable future.

8.) Approving this project allows the town to concentrate on other projects needed in the future. Fire station! Community center, anyone?

7.) We have cut costs by using less expensive materials that provide the same quality and are long-lasting – saving taxpayers money is a top priority.

6.) We have the right team in front of this to provide the best value and best opportunity to reduce overall costs

5.) Provides a safe and secure solution. A more secure entryway, building code and safety upgrades, and administration is located at the front of the building will allow for students to walk throughout the school without being chaperoned.

4.) This is the lowest interest rate we will ever see – it’s almost “free money” to borrow at ~1% interest

3.) Allows students to stay in-district without needing to find alternative solutions that are more costly to all of us

2.) We keep our library, computer lab and dedicated space for the arts, while gaining properly sized classrooms, and more! Students are provided the space needed as the foundation to a competitive education with other communities.

1.) This plan pays for itself over time. We have identified millions in savings over the course of ten years which dramatically reduces our budgetary needs over the next ten years. Not to mention additional savings beyond the ten years of the bond. Without this, we pay more to provide less to our students and community.

David Smith

Hampstead

 

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