AUBURN — A member of an ad hoc committee charged with making a recommendation on whether to build a new high school resigned this week, saying the committee's decision to tout a new school rather than a renovation was “dead on arrival.”
Elliott Epstein resigned Tuesday from the New High School Steering Committee following its 10-5 vote March 21.
He had spoken publicly against building a new high school on the grounds that the community could not afford it. He voted for the less expensive option of a major renovation at Edward Little High School, estimated to cost about $50 million. A new school is estimated to cost $62 million.
“A few committee members approached me and asked me to stay,” Epstein said. He slept on it, and decided to resign. “I couldn't see how I could expend time and effort, not to mention my own credibility, helping to plan and design precisely the kind of new building I've been advocating against.”