The debate over the Conte School renovation has been roiling recently, and tonight's information session on the matter represents a great opportunity for voters to continue their education before the April 30 vote on financing the school building project. We encourage voters to be there from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Murdock Hall, room 218.
The event will feature a presentation led by Mayor Richard Alcombright and North Adams Public Schools Superintendent James E. Montepare. Margo Jones Architects and project managers from Strategic Building Solutions will also be represented.
We've seen a great influx of letters to the editor on both sides of the debate since a citizens petition asked the City Council to rescind approval of the $29.7 million borrowing order for the project, and that's in addition to the people who already signed on to said petition in the first place, so to say the public interest is out there is an understatement.
Much has been said, in print and otherwise, about this project - one that leaves the city responsible for $6.5 million of that $29.7 million, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority signed on to pay 80 percent or $23.2 million - and April 30 is drawing near.
Tonight is the time for all the city's voters - in favor, opposed, or indifferent; new to the discussion or seasoned - to get a primer on the facts of this project so that all may make their own decision, armed with all the information available.