Facilities During Improvement
The school committee is looking for a temporary classroom because a school that’s being phased out as new construction completes after this year is substandard. The idea is, as soon as possible, to spread the children out in (and out of) a building that is too small to accommodate them, for health and noise reasons.
Indeed, a grandfather of a student at the school got up and testified that his granddaughter is having to be tutored at home because she has a reaction to mold in the school. The teachers applauded his testimony.
Superintendent Rearick then explained that the school has been tested, and all of the relevant government organizations have looked at the building with no indication that there’s a problem.
Now, I’ve no reason to disbelieve either party, and as a father, myself, I’m certainly concerned that children displaced as their school environments are massively improved will face harm during the transition.
But then one of the teachers who is always very vocal (apparently as a union member) stood up and expressed bewilderment that the district could come up with a few tens of thousands of dollars to pay for the portable classroom! That’s simply unbelievable coming from a member of a group currently on work to rule seeking to squeeze every penny from the town.