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BOE Preview: District's Strategic Plan Development Continues

The Board of Education holds its next regularly scheduled meeting tonight at East Haven High School.

The East Haven Board of Education continues to move forward with its initiative to develop a long range strategic plan for the district.

Board members will receive a special presentation regarding the next phase of that plan's development process at tonight's regularly scheduled meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., at East Haven High School.

'Discovery Phase'

The presentation — titled “Discovery Phase of District Strategic Plan” — will be led by representatives from Area Cooperative Educational Services.

ACES, a nonprofit educational agency that offers its members various programs and services, has been hired by the district to spearhead the board's planning effort.

Finance Subcommittee

The Board of Education's finance subcommittee will also meet at the high school prior to the full board's meeting on Tuesday.

The subcommittee's meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Other Agenda Items

The school board will also discuss other agenda items at both meetings tonight. For a full rundown, both agendas have been attached to this article.

Dave Hausler December 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The Town Council is, at this moment, looking to the Board of Ed to define whether or not it has plans to utilize 200 Tyler Street in future configurations of the district. They have ordered a review of the facility by Paul Pizzo of Landmark Architects, as reported in yesterday's New Haven Register. I urge the Board of Ed to respond to the Town Council and ask them to keep the facility available to be used toward reducing the number of facilities operated by the district. No other parcel of land in town is in the public trust that can consolidate multiple schools together without new construction.
Flowers December 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I don't know what Dave said but I agree!
Dave Hausler December 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thanks, Flowers. Basically, its time for the BoE and the Town Council to put their heads together and figure out how to lower the cost of our system by closing one or two more school buildings. Failure to do so will cost the average taxpayer an extra $2,000 per year in 20 years, based on the last 10 years increases in expenses and administration costs.
Sam Giglio December 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The use for 200 Tyler St as part of the BOE future plans is clear as day. The TC has a committee looking at what to do, Landmark Architects seems to be albe to put a concept together for EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY Use.. Yet no one on the BOE will bring it up as a plan one way or the other. I say make a choice that it clear, If we contune on the road we are at, Then over the next 10 to 15 years the cost to operate all the School Building's in this Town will be out of site and will cost the taxpayer's more then they can afford.
Mitch December 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
One thing to think about - when the building was put on the market during the Mayor's previous term (10+ years ago), a friend of mine who is as non-political as they come told me the reason the offered price was so low was because the cost to renovate the building to housing was very high. He then said that to bring the building up to the current state/federal code for use as a school would be $1000000 (that's a million) PER ROOM! do the math, then add in the cleanup needed for the auditorium, gym and other ancillary rooms and the total is astronomical. And please, don't mention getting money from the state or federal government to pay for most of this. We all have to admit that those days are long gone, at least for the coming years.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Everyone: Here is the NHR's article Dave is referring to in regards to the old high school http://nhregister.com/articles/2012/12/11/news/metro/doc50c6abb9d6125311207351.txt. Just an FYI.
Dave Hausler December 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The estimate the town council is getting from Landmark is the right thing to do. I agree, the current state budget crisis is going to make it tougher to obtain state reimbursement for renovation. It's a shame we didn't move faster to repurpose the building at 200 Tyler Street when funds were more likely to be available, but we can and should reach out to the state to see what level of reimbursement is available.
Patrick Madley December 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I was told the cost to renovate nearly the entire building would be around 50 million... So that is about in line with what Mitch said. Anyway, good luck trying to get the 68% reimbursement back from the state. The state just doesn't have the money for that. And that number is only if it goes towards education.
Luigi (the original) December 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm not convinced all your assertions are completely accurate Mr. Hausler. First of all when you say, "No other parcel of land in town is in the public trust that can consolidate multiple schools together without new construction." The old high school is in decay and has been for years. So to use it, we are certainly talking about a lot of "new"construction. Secondly at least three other properties that are in the public trust and currently housing schools are large enough to expand upon, with consolidation in mind. Also with the current debt crisis in Hartford isn't it unlikely they can provide the kind of fund supplement the town needs to do an enormous project such as this. Am I correct in guessing that you were involved on the committee which studied those options? Not having the benefit of hearing the information gathered and disseminated at those meetings, I am at a loss exactly how it was ever considered feasible. Even if it seemed so then, the current state of affairs both locally and statewide have certainly changed the equation. I think we need to look at this whole thing much differently.
Sam Giglio December 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
First of all its so hard to comment on here in regards to the Building on 200 Tyler Ave without everyone making up stories. I set on that Education Committee I know what the numbers would be to use it for the BOE and for the Community. Yes the numbers could change as the construction market changes. We are reaching out to far in regards to this. First and most important the BOE in there 5 year plan need to say they want that Building if not then its a mute point. Everyone is saying we will never get the 68% reimbursement. The Town is not even close to look for that until there is a plan on the table. I said it once and I will say it again, everyone who can make the right choice for this Building is afraid to look at the plan and really make the Residents know how much they will save , Not today but in the years to come. Government Leaders need to work for the future not for the best deal that sits on the table today.
Luigi (the original) December 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Sam, good leaders also are incumbent to safeguard our future solvency and keep our long term financial health strong. Best not to strap everyone with debt into the next twenty years and beyond. Everyone needs to be realistic. Everyone in both parties.
Beth December 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Thank you Luigi.....I shared the same sentiment on a prior blog--the state and federal government are BROKE! It's just not feasible to plan for education in this bldg when there is a high likelihood that we would not get any reimbursement. I wonder if that original committee put together an analysis showing the cost of maintaining several small schools vs. the cost of renovating a bldg that has been empty for 10+ years, and ultimately how much that would then cost the tax payer? I never saw any numbers showing this.
Patrick Madley December 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
As I said before, we won't get the 68% reimbursement whether it is now, or five years down the road unless the state comes into a financial safety and the building is put to use for education purposes.

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