March 18, 2010

Build the new schools now?

The timetable for the school construction project may be moved up so the two new schools could open in 2012. It's a decision city leaders will likely make soon.
Here is the story.
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33 comments:

hosed by the edu-crats said...

Build the new schools NEVER.

Anonymous said...

Screw the tax taxpayers. Break the bank.We all could go on welfare. This grup will drive everyone broke. Were moving out with this group in charge.

Anonymous said...

What is being downplayed, as reported in the article, is that he city has had TWO successive deficits under Ward, and a third is likely.

What does that dod to our bond rating?

disgusted by edu-crats said...

But funeral parlor business inheritor and BOE big-mouth Tom O'Brien claims we need these new schools.

I say he just wants the city to name something after himself. He has nor does he know of any good argument for building these new schools.

Anonymous said...

No!!! Bristol is broke and the ST of CT. is broke. Typical of Bristol politicians....tax tax tax!!!

Anonymous said...

8:47
Don't worry. Obama is going to take care of us.

Anonymous said...

spend now tax later

city, state and fed govt.

thanks to the dumbocrats

Anonymous said...

Tom Obrien doesnt have to worry daddy took care of him. Hes so cheap he rents the downstairs of his house out and lives on the upper two floors.

Anonymous said...

Steve, this is an area that should be expounded on!

We deserve more information.

Anonymous said...

New schools now? Are you kidding? Our roads are falling apart. In a few more years we won't be able to drive to any of our schools.

Positively Right said...

The construction of these two K-8 schools (especially the one on Matthews Street) is a travesty. The City Council and the Mayor supported this. Cliff Block, with none of his constituency living in the areas that will attend these new schools, has been one of the projects biggest supporters. Yet the electorate keeps voting these fiscally liberal people into office.

Anonymous said...

We dont need new schools in bristol we need prisons. Look whats moving in section 8 and drug dealers. People with young kids are moving out and the crap is coming in.

Positively Right said...

I suggest as conservatives we all petition the Bristol Republicans to oppose this.

Anonymous said...

Positively Right...Cockayne is also a huge supporter of this travesty. Is he now a fiscal liberal also?

Anonymous said...

come on people what do we know.the superintendent of the school knows best,after all we pay him $187,000 a year or is it $189,000?

Anonymous said...

Positively right,there is no difference between a liberal and a conservative politician in Bristol anymore. They both spend money thee city dos not have!aphor

Anonymous said...

Steve is it legal to rent your house to a buisness. Park cars all over the street.Or is this ok because hes on the school board

Anonymous said...

If you want families to move into Bristol that you need state of the art educational facilities. Did you know that many existing schools are not handicapped accessible? Did you know that some have extensive repairs needed that are 100% on the city that could cost millions?
Every so often a wise municipality will invest in infrastructure (buildings, offices, schools, fire dept, etc).
You can not wait until they fall down around you.
These schools can actually reduce operating costs (did you know they will be geo-thermal?)
These schools can raise house prices in Bristol.
These schools can accommodate new technology (such as wifi) to create students that are more computer savvy.
These schools are being built for "life after 3pm" so that the community/neighborhood has resources they can use for sports and meetings.
These schools are being built as TWO schools (elementary and middle) with a shared core to reduce administrative overhead.
Instead of complaining - go to the next new school meeting. Get involved - help make the project better! The committees are working hard to keep costs under control, make multi use state of the art, attractive, cost efficient schools.
The state has already earmarked and promised this money (79%). Maybe you rather see it spent in Avon, Plainville or somewhere else. Don't know about you - but I like see my state income tax $$$ spent in Bristol!!!!

Anonymous said...

"This grup will drive everyone broke. Were moving out with this group in charge."

If you're a product of the Bristol schools, God help us. Move out, please!

Anonymous said...

"Steve, this is an area that should be expounded on! We deserve more information."

You don't deserve squat, you lazy expletive. The information is all around you, but you want someone else to spoonfeed it to you. Get off your ass and go to a public meeting, or go to the library and READ A NEWSPAPER, or go to the City of Bristol website and read the minutes of the past several years of public meetings on this.

Anonymous said...

Ken anyone rent there house like tom obrien or his he above the law.

Anonymous said...

People with young family are looking to get out of Bristol. The west end wollcot st these people want out. Look at the for sale signs.People had enough. The drugs in these areas are the worst in the state. Alot of parents dont even want kids on the buses for whats going on . Its called sex and drugs. Wake up Bristol.

Anonymous said...

Why would you do that? you mean pass on a cost savings to the tax payer.Wow maybe ther starting to talk,anythings possible.

Anonymous said...

why are they not letting the people decide. let's vote on it

Anonymous said...

Have you been to YALE UNIVERSITY the schools are at least SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS OLD. Students are the best in the country or the world. New buildings arent going to help Bristol. We have a terrible school system in place starting from the top.

Anonymous said...

Buildings do not educate children parents and teachers do .

Anonymous said...

3:35

The media has access to information that is difficult for the public to obtain.


Maybe you can tell me: Why has the city run deficits the past two years? what departments were over and under?

Anonymous said...

March 19,1:19...Did you know Bristol is broke? Did you know the state is broke? Are you aware the cost of these schools will be put directly on the taxpayers?
The only way to make this project better is to put it off until Bristol can afford it,without more tax increases.

Anonymous said...

Positively Right....Bristol Repubicans (Cockayne and Mills) already support this project.
You thought we elected conservatives for city council just like I did but we were all wrong. There is no difference between a Bristol liberal or conservative anymore....all typical politicians.

Anonymous said...

Both Cockyane and Mills follow what the union wants. Union jobs for union vote

Positively Right said...

Yeah get involved with the pathetic BOE and get brainwashed just like them!

Positively Right said...

March 19, 2010 1:19 PM:

Most of your argument is flawed.

1) We have enough community facilities at the existing schools already! What planet are you on?

2) Nothing's falling down (as you seem to think the current schools are) except the state and national economy because of the tax and spend edu-crats that people like you keep electing.

3) The project would be better if the money was used to build a school in another area than Matthews Street. The project would be better if it wasn't shuttering nice, old, smaller community schools like Bingham and O'Connell.

4) I guess the point about using the Federal money is OK, but what about the fact that the whole project is an unnecessary expenditure and Bristol property taxes are still going to have to go up as a result?

Anonymous said...

Positively Wrong is typically the anti everything ! Who wants to hear anything or take anything from a nobody ?