It may not come as news to you that Arlington is facing a number of challenges related to rapidly increasing student enrollments and the state of the facilities in the two high schools that serve the vast majority of our population in the upcoming Special Town Election. On Tuesday, June 14, Arlingtonians will go to the polls to decide Yes or No on three separate questions that ask residents to accept increased taxation to support major projects addressing necessary renovations and expansions in several schools.
In an effort to ensure that voters have the most complete picture possible about what is being asked and what is at stake with the three debt exclusion questions, ACMi conducted interviews with various well-informed citizens to flesh out the details for this Special Town Election. You will find links to those included below.
QUESTION 1 seeks funding to create additional capacity at the Thompson Elementary School and the Ottoson Middle School to accommodate dramatic growth in student enrollment at both. You can find our interview with Jane Morgan at:
QUESTION 2 asks voters to approve funding a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design for a proposed rebuild of Arlington High School. You can find our interview with School Committee member Kirsi Allison-Ampe at:
QUESTION 3 solicits voters to agree to fund Arlington’s allocable share of the bond required to rebuild the Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, which serves to educate more than 100 Arlington students on average each year. You can find our conversation with Selectman Dan Dunn, who supports a Yes vote, AND our interview with Finance Committee member Charlie Foskett, who argues that Arlingtonians should reject this question, at:
Dan Dunn also provided a brief but comprehensive overview of the significance of all three questions for Arlington at http://news.acmi.tv/segments/school-debt-exclusion-overview/
Finally, you can see a compilation of all the interviews plus the overview here:
We hope you find this information to be helpful as you ponder the options, and
REMEMBER TO VOTE ON JUNE 14th!