I’d like to take a moment of your time to express why I voted for the school building plan as a member of the City Council and why I will cast another "yes" vote on April 30.
The site of the Conte renovation has been part of North Adams’ heritage for over 150 years. For 125 years, it was Drury High School, the last few decades as Conte. Did we not learn anything from the foolish decision to take down half of Main Street in the late 1960s? Does anyone not believe it would have been better to rehabilitate Drury High School in the 1970s rather than building a school in a remote part of the city?
Anyone doubting whether an old building can be rehabilitated only need visit Murdock Hall at MCLA, not too long ago a musty, dusty dump that is now a state-of-the-art building.
We are in the position of looking a gift horse in the mouth. Don’t be fooled by a biased question: The state is offering the taxpayers of North Adams an 80 percent reimbursement.
Gather all of the information about this project you can. Understand that both state and local officials looked at all the alternatives and concluded that this is the most viable and cost-effective option, and don’t forget to vote Tuesday, April 30. Please vote, and please consider all the information you can before you make a decision.