By Ed Harris
Citing safety concerns, the Board of Education has gone on record against the Bread for Life proposal to establish a new home next to Derynoski Elementary School.
“We do not support the proposal,” Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said at last week’s school board meeting. “Our priority will always be the safety of students and the schools.”
Goralski said the school board supported Bread for Life’s efforts, but not this particular proposal.
The school board chairman said Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Michael DelSanto had emailed him asking for the board’s stance on the issue. Goralski told the school board that he would respond to DelSanto’s inquiry with details in the near future.
Bread for Life is a non-profit organization that helps provide food to the needy in town. The organization is seeking to utilize a 3,200 sq. foot building on 296 Main St., next to the school.
Parents have come out against the proposal, expressing safety concerns.
In a press release on its website, Bread for Life Executive Director Eldon Hafford said the organization was open to hearing people’s concerns.
“We have a tremendous relationship with the Southington School System, including recently launching the successful breakfast program,” Hafford said in the press release. “We know this relationship will grow in the future and have begun to talk about ways to deepen the bond.”
Residents will have an opportunity to voice their views on the Bread for Life proposal at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on October 15.