John Cregan has a message for Barrington officials: It’s time to roll up your sleeves, remove the barriers and find a way to get full-day kindergarten implemented this fall within the current budget.
Mr. Cregan, a long-time resident of Barrington, attended the financial town meeting on Wednesday night and found himself feeling confused by some of the information offered by officials and frustrated by some school district leaders’ unwillingness to compromise.
“I couldn’t sleep last night,” Mr. Cregan said in an interview on Thursday morning. “The taxpayers have stepped up every year and supported the schools. You can’t tell me you can’t go in that budget and find the money… Every year we step up to the plate for the schools. All that money goes to the unions. Now we have a chance to do something for the kids. The kids deserve this … I’m not asking for this. I demand it.”
Mr. Cregan said he plans to attend the next school committee meeting and ask that officials get together with other town leaders and take the necessary steps to implementing full-day kindergarten this fall.
Like some other residents who attended the meeting, Mr. Cregan said it appeared there was sufficient money in the existing budget to build in the new program. He also challenged the district on the $633,000 cost estimate, adding that the true number to add full-day K lies somewhere between the $141,000 initial estimate and the $633,000 figure.
“Without question, school officials are not being forthright,” he said. “Every year I pay for their increases, and the one time we want something they turn their noses up at us.”
The next Barrington School Committee is Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m., in the school committee room.