Just in from school Superintendent Philip Streifer:
To: Bristol Board of Education
Bristol City Council
Bristol Board of Finance
From: Philip A. Streifer, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
Re: Building Project Rejoinder
Date: January 16, 2009
I appreciate Mr. Nicastro’s statement as reported in the Bristol Press Blog but I stand by what I said at the Council Meeting on January 13, 2009. Mr. Nicastro reports having spoken with the state education department who of course would make the statement that the project is on target as long as we begin construction by June 2010. This is consistent with our earlier statements but misses the point I made this week. I never questioned the intent of the state education department; they are working off of current law – which could be changed in light of the state’s budget problems. At the Council meeting this week Mr. Nicastro said he would set up a meeting with the legislators on the various finance committees which has yet to happen. Once I hear from them that this project is safe, I will back off my warnings. But from my perspective, this project is still in jeopardy because the legislature, once in session, could pull funding for any project that has yet to make significant progress. Further, we are truly running out of time to complete everything that needs to occur by June 13, 2010 as Scotty, Steve and I have been stating form months now.
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