To the Editor:

If you have been following the discourse about the Region 12 Ag-STEM program, you will note certain taxpayers, and the state of Connecticut, are questioning the viability of the program and the basis upon which the Ag-STEM model was promoted and sold to the taxpayers.

The arguments all come down to math. And math is pretty hard to refute when correct numbers are used.

But math can create a false result, or be manipulated to create a desired result, when the numbers are wrong.

The public was sold on AgSTEM as a way to cure all ills for our school system. Families would move into the area and the school population would grow.

Surrounding towns would enthusiastically send their students.

We would be able to build new tennis courts, an equestrian center, brand new science labs. The program would make a profit!

Well, the math was terribly wrong and has now been exposed. And we are told that since the bond was approved by the taxpayers that we’re stuck with it. Really?

We thought we were buying nirvana and we will wind up with chaos and debt that no one can afford.

This isn’t what the taxpayers voted for and they should be able to vote for the reality of what now exists.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing significant cutbacks to towns in school aid.

Has that been factored into the math? No.

Who is paying the difference between what it really costs to educate 100 students from other towns from what those towns are willing to pay as their tuition? The taxpayers of Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury.

What is very concerning is if the adults in charge can’t do math, how can we expect our children to do it?

Are Region 12 taxpayers ready for a financial disaster?

Deborah Grover