Wednesday evening First Selectman Peter Tesei held a public Capital Budget hearing and presented a proposed 2014-2015 draft. One of the main themes that emerged during the hearing was the request for an expansion of the New Lebanon School building to help solve the issue of overcrowding. The school, which implemented an international baccalaureate (IB) program as a magnet school to try to counter an already existing racial imbalance issue, has been facing an overflow of classrooms worth of students.
Michael Bocchino, New Lebanon PTA President, spoke of his many safety concerns due to the facility constraints and pleaded for the budget to approve the Board of Education's proposed $100,000 plan to expand the elementary school.
Lisa Harkness, Greenwich PTA Council President, echoed Bocchino's sentiments declaring they "strongly support this proposed investment for New Lebanon."
In attendance for the presntation were Superintendent of Schools Dr. William McKersie, Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Siciliano, Commissioner of Public Works Amy Siebert, Director of Planning and Zoning Diane Fox, Comptroller Peter Mynarski, as well as members of the Board of Education and the Representative Town Meeting.
The proposed Capital Plan 2014-2015 Budget is subject to change once it is reviewed by the Board of Estimate and Taxation.