Residents Deciding on $3.7 Million Referendum

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

Voters in the Stratford School District have a decision to make at the polls tomorrow. They'll be asked for $3.7 million to help make improvements to their schools.

The district is asking to make improvements to their elementary school, and additions to the high school.

Superintendent Scott Winch says over the past five years, the student population increased by more than 11%. He says they need to expand to meet the current demand. The last time the district made additions was more than twelve years ago, and the superintendent is proposing to add eight more classrooms in the high school, build a computer lab, and become up-to-date with handicap accessibility.

Not only that, the elementary school is in need of repairs to their bathroom and needs to fix leaking windows.

"In my opinion it's no frills added - it's just classrooms and remodeling other areas in the district we're not asking for anything like performing arts like we'd like to for the athletic facilities. This is just what we need and hopefully the community can support that," said Scott Winch, District Superintendent.

The superintendent explains the $3.7 million will be paid back over the next 10 years, and the interest rate would be 3.95%. He says the tax increase would be $18 per every $100,000 on a home.

They also hope to get some additional funding through the recent stimulus package passed this February.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday and we'll bring you those results on Newschannel 7 and at our webchannel, wsaw-dot-coml.

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