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Capital Improvement Project Under Review in Brewster Schools

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A capital improvement project bond is slated to be presented to voters in the Brewster School District in March. At this week’s Brewster Board of Education meeting, the district’s architects and construction managers are scheduled to present proposals for the work, which will address infrastructure, safety, and security needs for students and staff.

A 20-member Facilities Planning Task Force appointed two years ago recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the district’s facility needs.

“The proposal supports the Brewster Vision 2026 Strategic Planning objective of a dynamic learning environment that is safe and allows for optimal learning conditions and opportunities to develop individual strengths that lead to post-secondary success,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laurie Bandlow.

“For the better part of the past two years, the district has been evaluating its facilities needs in partnership with construction professionals, staff members, and community members who serve on the district’s Facilities Planning Task Force and Finance Committee,” said Assistant Superintendent Victor Karlsson. “This slow and deliberate process has allowed the district to gather important feedback from community stakeholders, both in terms of educational aspirations and financial constraints. We look forward to finalizing this cooperative and transparent process throughout the next several months.”

The November 22 public meeting at the District Offices on 30 Farm to Market Road is the first of several presentations and forums planned on the project. The Board of Education will likely adopt a final proposition on January 24, 2023 and a referendum will take place on March 21.

“The district’s goal, as always, is to ensure that we provide a meaningful and appropriate learning experience for every student at all grade levels,” said Board of Education President Kerry Cunningham. “With the community’s support, our present financial situation allows us to consider how best to improve and expand our facilities to match our ongoing commitment to maintaining appropriate class sizes, and to provide a variety of improved spaces.”

Presentations can be viewed via live stream on the district’s website at: https://www.brewsterschools.org/Page/2986.

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