February 28, 2020
Dear SPS Staff Members and Families,
The past few weeks have been very busy in our school district with our 2020-21 Budget process, as well as our efforts to move forward with plans to address our short- and long-term facility needs.
The next important step in the Budget process is the upcoming joint meeting of the Board of Representatives (BOR) and Board of Finance (BOF), scheduled for March 31, at 7:00 p.m., in the Rippowam Middle School auditorium. This meeting is the final opportunity for community members to show support for the proposed Board of Education (BOE) budget and to encourage the boards not to make any cuts. Please mark your calendar and attend this meeting to show your support.
Additionally, with regard to our facilities planning, we currently have three Requests for Quotation (RFQ) awaiting final approval by the BOR, so that we can move forward with the evaluation and consideration of all options. These RFQs are not a final decision; they are the first step in the process of determining our best course of action. So far, the Planning Board and the BOF have already approved moving forward. This Monday, March 2, at 8:00 p.m., in the Legislative Chambers on the 4th floor of the Government Center, during the Regular BOR meeting, the BOR will vote. This vote is a critical juncture in our facilities planning, and I encourage you to show your support by attending this meeting and speaking out on behalf of our district’s need to move forward with these RFQs.
While there has been some speculation that the recently announced departure of Mr. Handler from the City would impact our need for, or commitment to, these RFQs, I assure you, that his departure has no impact on our commitment to moving forward with the RFQs. We are at a critical crossroads in Stamford as it relates to school facilities, and I am 100% supportive of moving forward. Our staff, families and students deserve to know that we are all committed to examining our options. While we may not all agree on everything, I know we can agree that doing nothing is certainly not an option.
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Superintendent of Schools