To the Editor:

The Ag=STEM/ASTE in Region 12 debacle reminds me of two great writers, Sir Walter Scott and William Shakespeare.

Scott wrote, “Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

And a favorite quote from Shakespeare, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

It is well established that the numbers and other information given to the people of Region 12 prior to the referendum were incorrect.

A lot of taxpayer money was spent to spread these misstatements and misrepresentations.

The lack of correct information continues even now.

The Board of Education was asked to retroactively approve spending approximately $130,000 in December of 2016.

These expenses were incurred from August through December 2016.

Dr. Cosentino explained this by saying “it was summer and no one was around.”

Two weeks of the time were in fact part of the summer vacation, the rest was not. And to say no one was around in this technological age is laughable.

Recently the Board of Education voted to spend $532,000 more between now and June to get “shovel ready” and hopefully get funding from the state to continue the project to the end.

Has anyone defined “shovel ready” satisfactorily?

And it is well established that in the end we will have increasing annual budgets to educate out-of-district students.

Sounds like a lose/lose proposition for the taxpayers in Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington.

I appreciate the statements made that we must do this for our children, but this will have a negative effect on other areas and people who the towns are obligated to as well.

Perhaps if the citizens had been given accurate information prior to the referendum without the need to spend thousands on publicity, the superintendent and other administrators in the region could have spent the time, money and effort to make the existing school great again.

Joan Lodsin

Washington