Residents of Beacon Falls and Prospect should be aware that the Region 16 Board of Education is seriously considering naming the new Regional school in Prospect after the incumbent Prospect Mayor. There will be a Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Long River Middle School in Prospect. Residents will have an opportunity to speak on the subject. I urge all Beacon Falls and Prospect residents to attend this meeting.
In my opinion, the new regional school building in Prospect should not be named in honor of an incumbent politician during an election year. Also, the so-called naming committee had only one Beacon Falls resident, who could not attend due to the time of the meeting. This is a regional school, paid by taxes from both towns. Prospect residents can honor their mayor, if desired, by naming a Prospect town building after him. How would Prospect residents feel about renaming Woodland Regional High School after a Beacon Falls politician?
Lastly, and most importantly, most Beacon Falls residents would take the naming of a regional school after a Prospect politician as an insult. Personally, I am angry that this is even a consideration. I urge the Prospect Mayor to set aside his personal gain and truly do the right thing for Region 16 and decline the honor. Otherwise, I sincerely hope the Region 16 Board of Education will refrain from naming the new school after an incumbent politician of either town.
Jack B. Levine