Suggests it’s time to look into STEM alternatives

To the Editor:

This letter is intended for the Region 12 Board of Education.

Connecticut is not in good fiscal shape. That was true last year, and it isn’t expected to improve in the near future.

In the next two years Connecticut faces an estimated budget deficit of $5.1 billion.

It was unwise to spend $1.8 million on Ag/stem for shovel ready without a firm Connecticut bonding commitment.

Now it might be prudent to investigate less aggressive and less costly STEM only alternatives. In 2013, repairing the science labs was estimated to cost $1.5 million.

It was stated that Shepaug high school could lose accreditation without science lab upgrades.

Additional STEM teachers would enrich high school curriculum and combined with upgraded science labs, this may attract new students to the Shepaug campus.

Ed and Vivian Wainwright

Bridgewater