The current FHS facility is plagued with numerous failings and deficiencies that disrupt teaching and learning. The problems need to be addressed immediately (read more in Current FHS Challenges and Why We Must Act).
Delaying action on the high school project will not only keep our students and teachers in an unsafe and disruptive building. It will also increase costs by forcing us to spend money on temporary patches to the current building and later through increased construction, materials, and borrowing costs when we would be forced to eventually address the problems in a comprehensive manner.
As standard practice, the Town always seeks and applies for any State or Federal grants for infrastructure and capital improvement projects for which we are eligible. The high school project is no different in this respect, and the Town will seek any Federal money that could be used for the new high school to help offset some of the cost to taxpayers.
Federal grants include stipulations and restrictions, and our high school project may not qualify should any funds become available. Typically as well, Federal funds are appropriated to projects that are already Town-approved. If we delayed a referendum on the high school project, we might not be eligible for Federal grant money, should it become available.
For further explanation on this topic from Town officials, see the following videos:
- FHS Building Committee Presentation to Seniors – April 23, 2021 (31:07 to 32:35)
- FHS Building Committee Community Presentation – April 27, 2021 (1:00:04 to 1:01:25)
- FHS Building Committee West District Neighborhood Presentation – April 28, 2021 (1:06:55 to 1:07:29)
- FHS Building Committee Project Cost Presentation – April 29, 2021 (1:12:57 to 1:15:45)