Construction moratorium could affect school consolidation
03/07/07 12:00AM By Betty Smith-Mastaler
(Host) Last fall, Weathersfield voters approved a plan to consolidate the elementary school with the middle school, using both state and local money.
When Windsor County Senator Alice Nitka stopped by the Weathersfield meeting, school board chairman Jeffery Locke asked her if the governor's moratorium on new school construction could de-rail the project.
(Nitka) "That's an issue that we definitely are trying to protect. Schools were promised that money, made plans and it should be there. I think that it will be but I - obviously I don't have all the votes."
(Locke) "So it's not totally ruled out at this time that it may have the funding available?"
(Nitka) "There's going to be an argument about it, is what I can say.
(Host) Voters originally approved the consolidation of the Perskinsville school into the Ascutney school as a cost-saving measure.
Weathersfield voters passed their school budget on Town Meeting Day on the assumption that the consolidation will occur in September.