To the Editor:
As Sensible Wilton discovers more details about the $50 million Miller-Driscoll building project, the more concerned we become.
As a key example that the current proposal is not reflective of Wilton’s needs, it appears the enrollment/building needs have been significantly overstated. In January 2014, an assessment was made by a well respected enrollment expert, Peter Prowda, PhD. Prowda projected that Miller-Driscoll would have over 200 fewer students enrolled by 2018. Wilton schools also project a decline in K-2, but inexplicably they show pre-k student enrollment as flat to increasing apparently to justify building 5 new pre-k class rooms. Sensible Wilton has yet to receive an explanation for this significant student/room discrepancy. Instead of building 5 new classrooms when we project fewer students, couldn’t a reorganization of current rooms yield desired results without a $50M price tag?
If we continue with the existing proposal, Wilton will have the nicest empty classrooms in Fairfield County, and a debt load that impinges on educational programs for K-12.
Sensible Wilton continues to believe that immediate MD roof and HVAC needs should be addressed now, and at a much lower cost than $50M.
After consulting with an attorney over what the Town charter allows, we have decided to go forward with asking our citizens to sign a new petition asking for a repeal of the MD resolution. This is unrelated to the bonding proposal but rather to afford citizens the right to petition for repeal when they believe a project is not in the best interests of the Town.
We will collect petition signatures outside Comstock [Community Center] on Saturday, March 21 or Sunday, March 22 anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..
Please help us to repeal the current $50 million project and ensure that a more rational solution is developed.
President, Sensible Wilton