Do not delay on MISA

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The needs for a new auditorium at Greenwich High have been well documented, including more instructional, music space and seating, better acoustics, lighting, storage and more.

The existing space is insufficient and outmoded and not in keeping with a community and school system that values the arts.

The community use of that facility is of major importance. The Greenwich Symphony and other nonprofit community organizations will make great use of the space, to the benefit of all Greenwich residents.

A major concern is that we build this in a cost-efficient way. There are too many examples from other communities where costs became “out of control.” Fortunately, in Greenwich we have a well-developed system of checks and balances which helps to keep our tax rate relatively low compared to other Fairfield County communities.

The Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Representative Town Meeting will have to approve or reject any unanticipated cost increases for the MISA project. This is a major control mechanism.

The project should be approved now and done the right way. Delay will only increase costs.

 

Ernest Fleishman
Old Greenwich

The author is a former superintendent of schools for Greenwich.

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