BURLINGTON, Vt. – With Election Day two weeks away, Burlington School District held a town hall Tuesday night to continue pushing residents to approve a $70 million renovation plan for Burlington High School.
Over the past few weeks, the district has been giving tours of the high school to highlight numerous shortcomings of the 54-year-old building, including outdated infrastructure, small classrooms and limited accessibility for students and staff with mobility issues.
Superintendent Yaw Obeng says accessibility for people with disabilities is “embarrassing.”
“That’s not good enough,” Obeng said. “That’s not good enough for our kids, that’s not good enough for our community, and we need to do better.”
Principal Noel Green gave several examples of the overdue need for renovations, including the temporary closure of an accessibility ramp due to a leak.
“Too much rain caused there to be a leak, which caused there to be pools of water which were dripping into some of the electrical outlets in the ramp where the lights are,” Green said.
If voters approve renovations, construction could begin as soon as 2019, with construction wrapping up by fall 2022. Election Day is November 6.