My name is David Danish.
I have been a resident of Brewster for over 30 years and formerly owned a manufacturing company in the Greater Boston area. I have been involved in local politics for several years and today I am asking you to consider writing my name in as a candidate for the Nauset Regional School District Committee.
No one has taken out papers to run for as the Brewster Representative to the Nauset Regional School District Committee. The Nauset School District is in the middle of planning a $131+ million dollar high school expansion project. After a state funding, the District will be asking taxpayers to invest $95+ million to complete the project. Brewster’s obligation (approximately 48% of total) will be over $45 million. This amount exceeds the town’s annual budget and would be the biggest capital debt in the Brewster’s history. The project proposes to reconstruct and expand our high school for 905 students. Only 616 students actually LIVE in the Nauset district. Approximately 300 are from Brewster. That means the remaining 300 students, who will attend the school, do not live in our district, and will not contribute ONE PENNY to the construction costs.
The students who live outside the district come via a program called ‘School Choice’, initiated by Massachusetts almost 25 years ago. The state average of students attending schools with ‘choice’ in Massachusetts is approximately 1.7%. The current percentage of ‘School Choice’ students who attend the NRHS is 23.7%, almost FOURTEEN times the state average.
The entire student population of the Nauset School District has been declining for several years. The district has lost 1020 students in the last 25 years and 151 more students are projected to be lost by 2025, which is the anticipated completion date for the High School expansion project. We Brewster residents have already experienced the declining enrollment with the current issue of under-utilization of our current two elementary schools.
The Nauset School Committee led by Superintendent Conrad is proposing to build a school for 905 students. They believe a large, robust school is essential for quality education, retention of students and enticing students outside the district to attend Nauset. This can be disputed by school rankings, where majority of schools ranked above Nauset High School do not have School Choice and have smaller student populations.
It costs the Nauset High School $20,710 to educate a student. Incoming School Choice students, since 1996, bring only $5000 to school they are attending. This means for Nauset each School Choice student costs the system and district taxpayers an additional $15,710. This year the school brought in 283 students to the district, costing the Nauset District Taxpayers $4,445,930, which is an annual cost after School Choice reimbursement. The Nauset Regional School Committee is asking to build a school nearly 50% larger than what is needed for district students, in order to accommodate these School Choice students.
A web site has been established (www.noto905.com), where you, the taxpayer, can find items of interest (including memos from the Massachusetts School Building Authority), about the building project. After reviewing the information from the website, please feel free to reach out to me, to discuss. I have been working with a group of interested taxpayers from all our district towns, (some of which are former school committee members, a former town manager and the treasurer of the Nauset School System) who are questioning this project and School Choice, and the impact on the taxpayers of the Nauset School District.
The current Nauset regional school committee does not appear to believe in being fiscally responsible and do not truly represent many district taxpayers. They want to expand the high school and bring in almost 300 school choice students at the expense of and added burden to the taxpayer. If elected to the Nauset Regional School Committee, I will represent the taxpayer’s interests and balance costs with providing outstanding education for our district students.
I have enclosed a sample of the June 23rd ballot, plus what is necessary if you want to vote by mail. What you need to do is write my name David M Danish for Nauset Regional School District Committee and include my address. Please do not confuse my write in with the Brewster School Committee vote.
Please Contact me if you have questions and feel free to forward this email to other interested Brewster voters. I am requesting your support at the Town election.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
David M Danish
Brewster Resident and Write-In Candidate for the Nauset Regional School District Committee
If you have any questions or comments feel free to send them to me. I promise that if
I can't answer your question I will find a way to get it answered. Thank You