To the Editor:
Voters who believe that more money and buildings will solve the schools’ problems are the voters most apt to turn out on November 5.
Your vote can help change that. Princeton schools need a BoE majority that will determine the reasons for PPS’s continuing budget shortfalls. A Board’s job is to lead, not to follow. BoE members must seek, and find, real alternatives. Of all four candidates (for only three seats), Dafna Kendal and Deb Bronfeld are the most likely.
To those who say, “The schools can’t wait,” note that enrollment numbers will not be known until:
1. The judge’s final rules on Affordable Housing are announced publicly.
2. Public hearings are held and evaluated.
3. The town opens bids.
4. Construction is completed (AvalonBay took more than two years to be built, much less affect enrollment).
5. The Mt Laurel rules require only that building be made possible through zoning changes, and allows ten years to build.
6. Until the town re-zones, and site plans are presented, it won’t even be clear which schools we need to expand.
7. Thus expansion can wait at least until the current debt is paid, in 2023. Likewise another bond referendum. more