by Carol Meyer
After learning that Foster School -- which school officials and concerned parents say is in need of a major renovation or an entirely new building -- was not selected to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority program for potential partial funding for the second year in a row, school officials hosted public meetings to gauge community reaction, to talk about options, and to help decide what the next steps should be.
Last week the School Committee talked about two proposed Town Meeting warrant articles related to authorizing the resubmission of a statement of interest with the MSBA and appropriating funds for a feasibility study and for the second article, appropriating funds for extraordinary maintenance in the meantime.
"We are open to feedback from the community as we develop the warrant articles," School Committee Chairman Michelle Ayer said recently.
Do you think addressing Foster School issues should take priority -- either with or without partial state funding -- over other potential capital projects such as expanding the senior center, building a new fire station, library improvements, etc.? Your opinion counts!