To the editor:
We are grateful to the residents of Portsmouth who have taken the time to learn about the school facilities bond referendum voters will consider on Tuesday, Nov. …
To the editor:
We are grateful to the residents of Portsmouth who have taken the time to learn about the school facilities bond referendum voters will consider on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Question 1 asks residents to support investment in all four public school buildings to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. We have proposed investments totaling $21.44 million for critical projects such as indoor air quality, accessibility, bathroom renovations, asbestos removal, roof replacement, and traffic and pedestrian safety.
If the bond referendum is successful, we will seize a brief and rare opportunity to receive 40 percent reimbursement from the state specifically for school facility improvements — reducing Portsmouth’s share of the costs by about $8.6 million.
I extend my personal thanks to the District Building Committee, our partners in town government, and others who have worked tirelessly to design a fiscally responsible plan that provides our students, families, and staff with the safe, healthy learning environments they deserve.
Please vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to let your voice be heard in this important decision about the future of Portsmouth. For more information, please visit www.portsmouthschoolsri.org.
Thomas W. Kenworthy, Ed.D.
Portsmouth School Department