Manchester school spending priority list to be finalized
“It is about the learning experience,” school superintendent Debra Livingston said.
“You can hear everything that is going on from one classroom to the next,” Livingston said.
The school board’s Building and Sites Committee is expected to finalize the priority list at Tuesday’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the aldermanic chambers. It will ship its priority list to the full school board, which will later submit it to aldermen. Projects on the list get bonded over a number of years, and the yearly principle and interest is paid through the school’s operating budget, officials said.
“It’s really not a function of how much do they get but a function of how much they can afford,” he said.
Livingston said the project doesn’t involve merely building walls but making changes to electrical, lighting, heating and fire protection. Some teachers have fashioned make-shift walls out of furniture. Eliminating the open-concept classrooms, which was the rage decades ago, has appeared on the priority list for more than a half-dozen years for those two schools. Other schools, including Parker-Varney, have seen space converted back to classrooms.
“It’s a list of projects that we would like to be funded,” she said. The 20 items on the list total nearly $20 million.
“This would really help the community have another space,” she said.