(Audio Recording of the 1/14/2016 SHS Renovation Subcommittee)
Minutes for the Stratford High School Building Renovations Subcommittee have been posted on the Town website here, but since the Town’s website can be difficult to navigate the minutes are also available in a single folder from Open Stratford here. The minutes of the most recent meeting (January 14, 2016) have not yet been posted on the Town website, but can be found from Open Stratford here. This most recent meeting included statements from Town Councilor Beth Daponte about the project, including:
Beth Daponte: I’m speaking only as a guest, but what I think we need is long range planning from the BOE to clarify their needs at each academic level. A possible site could be the Wooster M.S. facility with the surrounding available land. We could also divide the school into multiple “houses” similar to Trumbull H. S., which would serve to reduce the negative effects of putting 2,500 students into a single school. People are concerned about the depth and breadth of academic opportunities that one could find in a smaller high school facility. Wooster could become the high school campus and Bunnell and SHS could become middle schools.
Stratford High School Building Renovations Subcommittee, Regular Meeting Minutes, January 14, 2016, p. 6.
Beth Daponte: I want to clarify that the plan I proposed would be to build the H.S. campus at Wooster. SHS and Bunnell could become junior high schools, eliminating the need for Flood M.S.
Stratford High School Building Renovations Subcommittee, Regular Meeting Minutes, January 14, 2016, p. 7.
Beth Daponte: I don’t know that you have the votes to get the ordinance changed, to approve any additional money for the project. I believe you should take the single-high school idea seriously.
Some of us don’t think that a high school that straddles two sides
of a street is the best learning environment. We also don’t think
it’s a good idea to build a building next to a building that is occupied with students, students who are in a facility without a ventilation system.
Stephanie Philips: Beth, can you say there has been an expressed concern by a majority of Council members?
Beth Daponte: I can say there has been an expressed concern by a number of Council members.
Stratford High School Building Renovations Subcommittee, Regular Meeting Minutes, January 14, 2016, p. 9.
Three Council members have publicly stated that they support moving forward with the Stratford High School renovations (Tina Manus, District 10; Alan Llewelyn, District 9; and Mark Dumas, District 2).