North Adams citizens vote Tuesday, April 30 on a decision that will affect the city for 50 years.
You get to decide if we get a newly renovated state-of-theart school, or if a very visible historic educational building will get boarded up and left to rot for an unknown period of time.
You get to decide if the city accepts a $23 million award from the state, or gives it up without ever knowing when we would receive that opportunity again. You get to say "Yes" to have a multi-million education project 80 percent paid for by state tax dollars you've already paid, or to have those same tax dollars pay for a school in another community.
Getting a newly renovated Conte School that will last 50 years or throwing money at temporary fixes and band-aids will cost the same in the long term.
Councilor John Barrett III is correct that Conte will not solve the over-crowding issue, but neither did the new Brayton or renovated Drury, but each project helped. The city does not have the finances to make major improvements in every school all at once, nor does the state offer the funds to do that.
If this vote passes, we will have a new Brayton, and newly renovated Drury and Conte, and Greylock School which is currently the best of the older schools. We will still have three K-7 schools in different areas of the city.
We know exactly what we will get with a "Yes" vote. We have no idea what will happen if this vote fails. Don't gamble our children's future and vote for a sure thing, "Yes" for Conte.
City Councilor Keith Bona