North Haven Board of Selectmen plan special meeting on middle school building budget 

North Haven Board of Selectmen plan special meeting on middle school building budget 

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NORTH HAVEN — The Board of Selectmen have scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 11 to hear a public presentation on the middle school building committee finances.

Resident Alicia Clapp wrote and submitted a petition last month with 21 signatures requesting information on individual expenditures within the middle school building budget.

The middle school renovate-to-new project finished three years ago. The referendum passed with 75 percent in favor the $69 million project, with about 36 percent state reimbursement.

Clapp served on the Board of Education from 1995 to 2015, which includes the time when the new middle school was built, and taught in North Haven elementary schools for 30 years. She said her concerns are about the original appropriation for various items, including school supplies and classroom furniture, and how the money has been spent since. 

The middle school building committee and the owner’s representative manages payments, in cooperation with the town attorney.

“This whole process was very, very closed,” she said of the middle school building committee. “There are things I do not remember agreeing to.”

She also raised questions about whether things like lighting, storage space and furniture is “up to standard,” although it was unclear what standards are in question.

On Nov. 2 at the regular Board of Selectmen meeting, Clapp made her case.

First Selectman Michael Freda said a compromise was made and a representative from the owner’s representative managing firm will present expenditures and answer any questions.

“We’ll honor the commitment we made” to hold a meeting, Freda said. 

The time and location of the Dec. 11 meeting haven’t been determined. Check for information as it becomes available.


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