Anyone else notice that the Observer Dispatch editorial board seems to be flip-flopping a lot lately when it comes to the New Hartford School bond vote?
First, the New Hartford Central School bond was a good plan and we should vote for it--it's for the children.
Then the vote fails and the Observer Dispatch editorial board says that New Hartford School should take a second look at the plan and drop the land and perhaps scale back the Performing Arts Center.
The school decides to drop the land, at least for now, but leaves everything else exactly the way it was for the first vote--no scaling back on the auditorium. Now it is once again a good plan and we should vote for it according to the Observer Dispatch editorial board in the January 22, 2007 paper.
And regarding the auditorium, the people I talk to don't want to pay for a $15+ million Performing Arts Theatre. Everyone agrees that the present auditorium needs some work, but this proposal is more of a "want" than addressing the actual "need".
And by the way, how many seats will be in there? When I spoke to Mr. Gilligan before the last vote, he said they currently had 450 seats and it would be about a 10% increase in seating; so about 500 seats. He said they weren't really adding that many seats, they were adding bigger seats to accommodate today's "seats". At the public hearing in December, they were saying about 500 - 550, but they didn't have an exact number. Now in today's editorial, it is stated as 600 seats. Is this project growing or are they adjusting the number of seats to try to make it more appealing to the voters?
And does anyone think there might be a reason as to why the voting for the BOCES bond issue will be held in the high school band room instead of the gymnasium?