Scituate voters approve school bond

Scituate voters approve school bond

SCITUATE – Scituate voters approved a $4.9 million school bond Tuesday, green lighting what the School Committee has described as crucial funding to address health and safety concerns in school facilities as well as upgrades to Cato Field and the existing track.

The bond had overwhelming support from parent groups in the community, including the Scituate Youth Association, which mobilized volunteers to organize question and answer meetings and handed out thousands of leaflets.

President of the Scituate Youth Association Ann Oster said she was grateful voters supported the bond.

“Thank you to the Scituate community for coming together no matter your party affiliation,” she said.

The bond had support across party lines, from both Scituate Democrats and the Scituate Republican Town Committee.

“Once again the voters of Scituate have supported education. Proud of our schools. Thank you for all the hard work on this project,” the Scituate Republican Town Committee posted on its Facebook page following the vote.

Scituate Democrats echoed that sentiment: “Scituate schools win big as bond passes 1,033 yes to 483 no! Dems proud of our unequivocal support!”

Oster credited the diverse group of voters who came together with a shared interest in improving local education.

“It was a collection of many people with a belief that the next generation deserves better,” she said.

The bond is one part of the school district’s comprehensive five-year capital asset protection plan, aimed at addressing more than $7.2 million of repairs.

This means that in addition to the $4.9 million bond, facilities will also benefit from $2.3 million in improvements over the next five years.

School Committee member Carolyn Dias said the five-year plan will address concerns raised in the 2016 Rhode Island Department of Education statewide facilities survey completed by Jacobs Engineering, which outlined millions of dollars of deficiencies in Scituate’s school facilities.

“At the end of that five-year plan, there is no doubt Scituate will be in the top five in the state,” Dias said.