As we detailed in the post below, the opposition to the new high school was very vocal at last night's City Council meeting. Those of us who were in favor of the funding may have wrongly assumed that this was a done deal, given the reimbursement rate from the state being even higher that the Mayor had originally assumed. So, while those against the funding made their presence known, those of us in support were not as vocal.
So, in short, if you are in favor of voting for funding for the new high school, it is imperative that you contact your city councilor by email or phone, and stress that you would like them to vote for the funding. They are taking the vote this Thursday evening, so timing is important!!
Please get the word out to as many people as you can, as soon as you can. The Mayor and the School Committee are in agreement that if we do not approve funding for a new high school, we will certainly lose our accreditation.
Again, here is the link to the City Couniclors' email addresses.
A good showing at Thursday's Council meeting is also key. Meeting is at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
10/22 UPDATE: Wednesday's Salem News has two stories on the issue. One details the comments of the city's budget analyst Kathy Griffin, who told the Council on Monday night that if they approve the high school, "it is definitely going to mean significant cuts in coming years."
Another story reports on the half million dollars that will need to be diverted annually from the school operating budget to the high school project.