“Anyone of those events would prevent this school from operating,” Gallagher said. “Right now if we lost power, I’d have to put 250 kids on a bus and wait till we contacted all parents, bring the students to E’town or Camp Dudley, and students would miss a day of school.”
Gallagher said the mounting costs of transportation would also play a factor as the school would need increase the transportation on the days of an outage.
“We don’t just need this generator to serve as an emergency shelter, we need this for our school to remain functioning in case of power outages,” Gallagher said.
The vote on the budget will take place May 15 from noon to 9 p.m. Residents will also vote to approve the bond of up to $450,000 for the EXCEL project.
The school board seat currently held by Stevens is also up for election, with the incumbent being the only person to submit a petition.
Residents will also be vote on the budget proposition to purchase school busses with total expenditures just under $80,000 out of reserve, which will have no impact on tax rate, The proposition is for the purchase of a new smaller school bus which seats 30 to 36 passengers and the purchase of a van we have been leasing, total expenditures there are just under $80,000.