Letter: Petition to repeal Miller-Driscoll resolution

To the Editors:
As Sensible Wilton discovers more details about the $50-million Miller-Driscoll building project, the more concerned we become.
As a key example that the current proposal is not reflective of Wilton’s needs, it appears the enrollment/building needs have been significantly overstated. In January 2014, an assessment was made by a well-respected enrollment expert, Peter Prowda, Ph.D. Prowda projected that Miller-Driscoll would have over 200 fewer students enrolled by 2018. Wilton schools also project a decline in K-2, but inexplicably they show pre-K student enrollment as flat to increasing, apparently to justify building five new pre-K classrooms. Sensible Wilton has yet to receive an explanation for this significant student/room discrepancy. Instead of building five new classrooms when we project fewer students, couldn’t a reorganization of current rooms yield desired results without a $50-million price tag?
If we continue with the existing proposal, Wilton will have the nicest empty classrooms in Fairfield County, and a debt load that impinges on educational programs for K-12.
Sensible Wilton continues to believe that immediate Miller-Driscoll roof and HVAC needs should be addressed now, and at a much lower cost than $50 million.
After consulting with an attorney over what the town charter allows, we have decided to go forward with asking our citizens to sign a new petition asking for a repeal of the Miller-Driscoll resolution. This is unrelated to the bonding proposal but rather to afford citizens the right to petition for repeal when they believe a project is not in the best interests of the town.
We will collect petition signatures outside Comstock on Saturday, March 21 or Sunday, March 22, anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Please help us to repeal the current $50-million project and ensure that a more rational solution is developed.
Alex Ruskewich
Calvin Road, March 16