Letter: One problem — empty classrooms — two views

To the Editors:

It was interesting to read two quite different comments ( Wilton Bulletin Aug. 4, 2016 ) regarding the assessment of the number of classrooms needed for the Miller-Driscoll rebuild. The subject brought to mind Henry David Thoreau's humorous comment that "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."

Anyway, one writer cordially and sensibly calls for lessons to be learned from the renovation process, whom many in town felt was hasty at best (recall that the project passed by a mere 27 votes ). The other seeks to give the impression that "a couple of folks" are not only misguided for having brought to light flaws in the process, but are also dyspeptic, vitriolic, and less than civil. Somehow those sentiments and wording seem dyspeptic, vitriolic, and less than civil.

Furthermore, it was argued that concerns about the erroneous enrollment figures are baseless. Maybe so, but why then would one of our esteemed Board of Finance members cite embarrassment about the over-abundance of classrooms as being significantly off, and to suggest to "see what we can do at this point before we build it to spec at the end just because that's what we approved."

Bottom line, would it not have been better, at the outset of the proposed rebuild, to have had ample time for a collaborative town dialogue about such a large project? Had there been, perhaps someone would have thought of the old adage "measure twice, cut once."

Lastly, if we are looking for space that could be used for overcrowding in other town space, one need look no further than Comstock, which seems to have plenty of empty rooms.
Tom Curtin
Tamarack Place, Aug. 8