To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I have heard some grumbling about John Krahm’s letter of Oct. 6 addressing the planned renovation to Monument Mountain Regional High School and his analogy to an automobile. Some say that a better analogy is that the school is like a house -- fix the roof, caulk the windows and replace some windows, that sort of thing. I have another analogy -- the school is like a business.
What successful business doesn’t upgrade its facility to accommodate new technology, new ideas and tools that make the building of its product more efficient, smarter and better able to compete in our forever changing world? Sometimes these businesses tear down and redesign based on their own infrastructure and organizational needs. Sometimes they rearrange, expand and upgrade their facility to better reflect their product and to remain competitive. The member towns of Berkshire Hills Regional School District have the opportunity to do both on Nov. 5, when they can vote to approve this planned renovation of Monument Mountain Regional High School.
MMRHS does not create widgets from some factory. We prepare our students to explore, understand and participate in and shape the world. That world is a lot different than it was in 1967 when the building was built. The proposed plan for the renovation reflects the needs of our changing world: state of the art science labs, rooms that encourage cross disciplinary thinking known as STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math), a healthier and more accessible environment for all our students, and a more robust, integrated vocational program.
Yes, the MMRHS renovation is about repairing and upgrading an aging building, but more importantly it’s also about modernizing a facility to educate our children for the next 50+ years the best we can.
As a parent, a teacher, a community member, and a taxpayer, I strongly urge support of this renovation project.
It’s time we invest in our future and the time is now.