Fall River Mayor and School Committee Chair Jasiel Correia II is hopeful that a debt exclusion vote may not be needed in terms of the city's financial share of a proposed new BMC Durfee High School, which could begin construction, if everything is approved regarding local and MSBA Financing, in late 2018.
A current Fall River City Ordinance regarding a public vote on any bonding over five million dollars is a potential roadblock that Correia wants adjusted, saying that the city could afford its share of a new Durfee building, and could use bonding rather than a debt exclusion vote as has been proposed.
Correia made the comments during a Monday Night School Committee Meeting at Morton Middle School; the discussion is part of the video on WSAR's Facebook page.
Correia also says that prior discussions of Fall River perhaps being headed toward receivership were incorrect, according to information he has gathered from Commonwealth Financial Administrators.
COO of the School Department, Ken Pacheco, indicated that the MSBA might consider other Fall River sites, while looking at how to incorporate the current auditorium, pool and fieldhouse into the design.