November 28, 2018

Responding to Those Who Say Opponents Of Original Referendum were “Against Our Kids”

To the Editor:

Concerning the December 11, 2018, $27 million Board of Education referendum, some possibly “overzealous” persons, not prodded by curiosity, have said that people like myself, who were against the original bloated, ill-conceived $137 million referendum were “against our kids,” “against public education,” or even “terrorists.”

Normally, I would not defend myself against kneejerk rhetoric; however, this time I will. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a proud graduate of PHS.  My mom taught in the then-PRS for over 30 years. My dad served as president of the School Board. Myself and others were just against a financially catastrophic $137 million referendum, which  was proposed on the heels of the poorly executed and disastrous 2002 school referendum.

If the now scaled down $27 million referendum  passes,  I hope that there will be an independent oversight committee of the construction as BOE-elect Daniel Dart, Brian McDonald, and others have suggested. I would volunteer to be on such a committee. I am not an expert on construction, but I am a curious and fast learner and I do know you have to watch sub-contractors like a hawk.

If I was on such  an oversight panel maybe I might meet up with one of my detractors, and possibly we could acknowledge our differences, and even find some common ground for I am an open-minded and upfront person.

With that said, I would like to remind my fellow Princetonians that the school referendum will take place on Tuesday, December 11 and this time the voting sites are located at Riverside, Johnson Park, Community Park, and Littlebrook schools and the districts assigned to each voting location can be found on the Princeton Public Schools website Please, make sure you exercise your right to vote. 

Adam Bierman

Grover Avenue