I wasn’t going to bother to weigh in on the North Adams Conte School as I was looking to move out of this poorly run city under its present leadership. But after reading a letter supporting this silly idea, I decided to write.
The leadership is not interested in the people of the city; he is only interested in contributors from outside the city.
The Conte property lies in some of the most heavily traveled areas of the city and was a poor location for a school. The closing of that building as a school was the greatest safety device for the children that attended those gray walls. Many youngsters from the River Street area would have to cross Route 2, and you can bet that a death could occur as children pay little attention to traffic lights and traffic flow. They are brought up to think that all crosswalks are safe as all vehicles are required to stop, even at traffic lights.
A quick true event: One afternoon while sitting waiting for the light to change at Holden and Route 2, we watched a vehicle that was headed west on Route 2.
The car had the green light and was doing about 30 mph. A young girl, maybe 10 or 11, darted out into its path, threw up her hands, and the car had to come to a sliding stop. The girl yelled at the driver, "You have to stop for crosswalks!"
This is what happens when the law only enforces half of the auto/pedestrian laws. If that driver had not been fully alert, that girl could be dead today. This is the exact thing that could happen if the Conte School is voted in, as it’s in one of the most heavily traveled areas around.
With the population of North Adams dropping, the Sullivan and Brayton elementary schools are the safe way to go.
Another thought is that I noticed the neither the writer nor the architect’s spokesperson spoke about cost overruns. There could be overruns -- a lot in this case. There often are. That building is in poor condition for usage as a school; if those that were here remember, the above were the reasons to close it down to begin with.