Opinion

The 2006 spring issue of the Wheatley Wildcat, our award-winning student newspaper, had a cover story on the leaky Wheatley roof. Today, if you visit The Wheatley School on a rainy day, you will need to maneuver through the many buckets placed in the hallways to catch the water draining from the roof. Over the years, our custodians have designed clever placements of lasagna pans above the ceiling tiles to reduce this water flow and the damage that it does. Similar to the roofs on our homes, the roof on our award-winning high school is in need of repair. This roof was constructed with funds from a 1990 bond and had a guaranteed lifetime of 15 years. That bond will be fully paid up as of July 2009.

Our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, comprised of community members with expertise in the field of construction, has deliberated for many hours examining the needs of our facilities. They worked with the Financial Advisory Committee to present a plan that will address only health and safety issues. At its December 2008 meeting, the board of education adopted a resolution for a bond proposition of $5 million to be voted on by the public on Feb. 3, 2009. The size of the bond was designed so that the payments would be less than our current payments on the 1990 bond, yet would be able to address the facility issues identified.

Details of the bond are available on the district website and will be included in a special newsletter to be mailed to all residents. The second of two public hearings will be held on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m., just prior to the board's monthly business meeting. If you have questions, please join us or contact my office at 333-3758. You may also utilize the new "Ask the Super" button on our website at www.ewsdonline.org.

We have made substantial progress in addressing our facilities at North Side and Willets Road over the last two years. I encourage you to stay informed through the use of our website, newsletter and board of education meetings and to vote on Feb. 3 at the Wheatley gymnasium.


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