On April 30, the people of North Adams will be asked to vote on the Conte School renovation project.
After a six-year study that was conducted with many open forums through a transparent process, the project was finally approved by the City Council. It was passed without the need for a debt-exclusion or tax-override vote. It is being 80 percent funded by the state.
Now, the citizens of this community are being asked to possibly scrap the project and begin the process all over again.
That should not be an acceptable alternative for the children in our community.
I would not argue that it is unfair to present the petition to bring this project to a vote. It is a proper use of our government’s process of checks and balances. However, there should be a better reason than to just say that we should begin again. Wouldn’t you think those opposed to the project would have a viable alternative to bring to the table? There have certainly been ample opportunities to do so.
Providing the tools for a world-class quality education for our children should be our highest priority. This project speaks volumes to the commitment that our city has to our children and their futures.
I encourage the voters to become educated with the facts about this project and then to make an informed decision. Hopefully, you will agree that this is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of. Whatever your decision is, please exercise your right to vote and be heard. There is just too much at stake not to.