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Between High Rock and a hard place

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 10, 2007 09:24 AM

NEEDHAM

The town's boards and committees are at it again.

Finance Committee Chairman Steven Rosenstock recently chided the School Committee for not being candid last month with voters who supported the $21 million Proposition 2.5 debt exclusion override to renovate the High Rock elementary into a school for sixth graders.

Speaking at the opening this week's Town Meeting legislative session, Rosenstock criticized town officials for going against the Finance Committee’s recommendation to ask voters for a $1 million operating override to run High Rock when it opens in 2009.

“We were clear that buildings should not be built without the operational funds to run them,” said Rosenstock to an audience of several hundred.

The Selectmen and School Committee have said they did not support the $1 million "companion" override because they did not believe the operating costs could be accurately predicted three years in advance.

Prior to the April 10 election, the School Committee tried to present a united front with the Finance Committee. Rifts between the two boards during the April 2006 election season were widely cited for the school’s failed $1.48 million operating override.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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