Rocky Hill To Ask Voters For $71.1 Million In School Construction

Full story: Hartford Courant

4 election ballot, voters will be asked to approve spending $71.1 million to upgrade town elementary schools and build a new school.
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RH Life Long Resident

Marlborough, CT

#1 Sep 4, 2008
Moser elementary school definitely needs replacement. I attended school there about 30 years ago and it needed renovation then.
billy

Newington, CT

#2 Sep 5, 2008
71 million - isnt that a bit much?
Jack from Rocky Hill

Mystic, CT

#3 Sep 8, 2008
I have lived in Rocky Hill for over 30 years and attended Rocky Hill schools. Currently, kids at the elementary schools are having class in portable classrooms, the cafeterias, and in some cases, closets. I will fully support this referendum.
Jill from Rocky Hill

East Berlin, CT

#4 Sep 8, 2008
I have also lived in Rocky Hill for a number of years. I support replacing Moser. Upgrades to the other schools, such as A/C? Not on board.

I don't think the referendum will pass. The council should have been on top of this years ago. All the new 55+ residents may not see a pressing need.
exrockyhillresid ent

Newington, CT

#5 Sep 9, 2008
Jack from Rocky Hill wrote:
I have lived in Rocky Hill for over 30 years and attended Rocky Hill schools. Currently, kids at the elementary schools are having class in portable classrooms, the cafeterias, and in some cases, closets. I will fully support this referendum.
My kids went to Moser and Stevens before we moved out of Rocky Hill. That was a few years ago. It is about time they have decided to get the kids out of closets (my son was one of the lucky kids to have been in one) and out of the temporary portable classrooms. My daughter went to Moser and it was in bad shape then. Question is why doesn't Rocky Hill upkeep the schools? If they did it would not be costing 71.1 million now.
yikes

Beacon Falls, CT

#6 Sep 16, 2008
No way in hell! I'm tired of the town council and BOE fixing problems caused by their own incompetence by dipping into my (and the rest of the townspeople's)wallets.
Jill from Rocky Hill

New Britain, CT

#7 Sep 16, 2008
yikes wrote:
No way in hell! I'm tired of the town council and BOE fixing problems caused by their own incompetence by dipping into my (and the rest of the townspeople's)wallets.
Now the town is contemplating a dog park. A dog park? Give me a break. Not living on the gold coast. One of the council members is worried about cots and blankets in the event RH is hit by a hurricane. What's next? Will the dog park people want special pet accommodations in the event of a hurricane?
Uh huh

Higganum, CT

#8 Sep 20, 2008
I don't have any kids and with all the increases think this is too much. This has become a give-me society.

This spells incompetence to let things get as bad as described. If my house needs work that badly, I have to take the necessary measures as the need arises. I don't wait for it to fall on my head to decide I need to build a new house. This is ridiculous.
Jill from Rocky Hill

Bristol, CT

#9 Sep 20, 2008
Uh huh wrote:
I don't have any kids and with all the increases think this is too much. This has become a give-me society.
This spells incompetence to let things get as bad as described. If my house needs work that badly, I have to take the necessary measures as the need arises. I don't wait for it to fall on my head to decide I need to build a new house. This is ridiculous.
TABS is a very strong lobbying force. I agree that remedial measures for our schools should have been a priority 10 years ago. Instead tax payers have a new town hall, a new police station, ampitheater, boat launch, astro turf playing field, etc.

Yes, priorities. Whose? Moser School had a new furnace installed last year. Hopefully salvagable. Best be prepared. If this referendum passes (and IMHO, 50/50 chance), we are going to be taxed to the teeth.
JUST SAY NO

Beacon Falls, CT

#10 Sep 25, 2008
VOTE NO TO TOWN INCOMPETENCE AND BAD SOLUTIONS!!!!
Brian from Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill, CT

#11 Oct 17, 2008
71 million? Come on. Who are they kidding. I'm tired of bending over for the foolish socialists in the town council. Tell them to sell that boat launch or any one of the other 'pet' projects they p'ed off our tax dollars on.
Talk about waste. It is getting to be a rather long list.
Here is a clue. The population of k-12 kids is about ready to start dropping. So is this the time to start spending 70 million dollars on schools? I don't think so.
http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/Educacn/CtSDC_RockyHil...
Get a grip start spending responsibly and stop giving us that tired old excuse that the "STATE" picks up most of the tab. Who the heck do you think funds "the state"? You are just talking about taking money out of my other pocket.
Just say no! Come back with a 5 million dollar plan to improve what we already have and then we'll talk about it.
Dear town council members,
The population of this state (and town)is 'aging'. Why? Because young people can't afford to live here any more. Taxes, home prices, cost of fuel, and on and on. You people think that you can just keep going into the taxpayers pockets and pulling more and more every year. Enough is enough. Start CUTTING some costs. We just can't keep up with your reckless spending. You should have been maintaining the schools we have for the past 20 years. Lack of planning and responsible leadership on your part is no excuse to come in with a ridiculous 70 million dollar proposal today.
I vote no to any project that requires more tax dollars. NO!
Jill from Rocky Hill

Sandy Hook, CT

#12 Oct 17, 2008
Brian, it wil only cost $35 per month if your home is assessed at $200,000. For goodness sake, we can all tighten our belts! Don't set your thermostat to 62, you'll find 55 is invigorating. Three meals a day? Nonsense, you can survive on two. Gas for your car? Ride a bike.

IMO, 50/50 chance this will pass. If it does, I might just as well start eating pet food because I cannot think of any other creative ways to cut back on anything. Except my computer and ISP. No way! I sure hope Alpo tastes better then it looks.

Since: Oct 08

Rocky Hill, CT

#13 Oct 21, 2008
There is 100% chance this will pass. It is just a question of when. They will pass this just like they pass every other foolish over expenditure. They just keep tossing it out there until the opposition canít waste any more of their time fighting against it. Those of us opposing spending tax dollars have to work at jobs every day ya know. The 40% of us working in this state have a big job to do paying for the other 60%. Actually there are probably only 25% of us working if we subtract the people employed by the state. We canít spend the time that it takes to even slow these guys down. It pretty much goes the same way every time. Once the government worshipers get it in their head that we should spend more tax money they pretty much get it done eventually.
This is Connecticut. One of the bluest of the blue states. The people here believe that government is the answer to everything. They believe in Ďspreading the wealth aroundí. They see no solutions to anything except by the government. There are a lot of folks in this town that donít even own a home and they are more than happy to vote money out of your pocket. Then there are the wealthy Ďprogressivesí who canít even comprehend why someone couldnít kick in an extra 30 or 40 dollars a month. That is nothing to them.
Everything is solved by the government god. Need more open space? The town or state will buy it. Need more school space? Who could possibly solve that? Only the town can tackle that big of a project. Need a dock for your boat? The town can do that for you.
I think the town should start a lawn service. Just come around once a week and cut everybodyís grass. Oh, and a livery service. Who do I call at town hall to come over and give me a ride to Wal-Mart? Oh and how about a wiping service. I hate that messy job. I think someone should do it for me.
We home schooled our four kids. K-7. We lived in a financially depressed area where a high percentage of the kids in the schools didnít even speak English and the schools stunk. We did it with a coop of 4 families. Funded many trips to museums, and other kool stuff. Obviously that meant my wife and three other moms didnít have any income for quiet a few years. Notice that I didnít say,ďThey didnít workĒ_ they worked really hard. Many hours_ just no pay. Every kid in that group skipped a grade when they entered the public school system. Every kid_ some skipped two. Donít like the job or the programs or the buildings in the public school system? How about stepping up and taking care of your own instead of asking everyone else to do it. Iím tired of people who wonít take responsibility for their own lives. They want someone to hold their hand from cradle to grave.

Since: Oct 08

Rocky Hill, CT

#14 Nov 5, 2008
Anybody hear the outcome? How much did it pass by?
Jill from Rocky Hill

East Berlin, CT

#15 Nov 5, 2008
Brian from Rocky Hill wrote:
Anybody hear the outcome? How much did it pass by?
It did not.
Ballot Question 3
no, 4830 (54.14%)
yes, 4091 (45.86%)

Since: Oct 08

Rocky Hill, CT

#16 Nov 5, 2008
Wow. A tiny bit of sanity in an otherwise insane election.
Thanks for the info Jill.
AverageJane

Newington, CT

#17 Nov 5, 2008
It just proves that there are smart people in the town. Its time to separate this proposal into the three parts its really is: Needed fixes (ADA compliance, safety issues, etc.), improvements (redefining space, etc.), and expansion (new school = more space). Needed fixes should always be part of a town's budget (and tightly controlled to ensure that other items do not creep into it) and the rest should be voted on separately.
yay

Beacon Falls, CT

#18 Nov 5, 2008
Now what will the morons who run this town do? Their incompetence is what put us in this position. Watch now as our tax base slowly melts away as parents opt for other towns to move into as alternatives to our declining education system and inept town politicians and managers. Decrepid buildings, poor leadership, declining services, rising taxes, and bad decision-making; incompetent idiots running the town council (LaRosa), school board (MacDonald), recreation department (Zerio), police force, fire department, etc. Time to move!!!!!
Jill from Rocky Hill

East Berlin, CT

#19 Nov 5, 2008
Brian from Rocky Hill wrote:
Wow. A tiny bit of sanity in an otherwise insane election.
Thanks for the info Jill.
You're welcome Brian. However, it's just a temporary reprieve. The council will toss this around like a hot potatoe and settle on some version(s) that will eventually be presented in a special ballot. Voter turn out will be dismal and IMO, some version of this proposal will pass in 2009.
Jill from Rocky Hill

East Berlin, CT

#20 Nov 5, 2008
AverageJane wrote:
It just proves that there are smart people in the town. Its time to separate this proposal into the three parts its really is: Needed fixes (ADA compliance, safety issues, etc.), improvements (redefining space, etc.), and expansion (new school = more space). Needed fixes should always be part of a town's budget (and tightly controlled to ensure that other items do not creep into it) and the rest should be voted on separately.
Sensible! You should consider running for a seat on the council.

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