Letter: Lanesborough must continue its legacy

Lanesborough must continue its legacy

To the editor:

As a life-long resident of the Lanesborough, a Mt. Greylock graduate, a Mt. Greylock employee and the parent of a current Mt. Greylock student, I urge all Lanesborough residents to support the March 15 vote to rebuild Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

The residents of Lanesborough have a long history of support for education. In the mid 1950s, Williamstown voters rejected three attempts to build a new Williamstown High School. When Williamstown discovered that a regional school would receive state funding, they approached Lanesborough, and it was the support from Lanesborough that created the Mt. Greylock Regional School District. Without Lanesborough, there would be no Mt. Greylock High School.

Once again, the people of Lanesborough have the opportunity to do what is right. The new building is a lot of money, of that there is no doubt. The original building was a lot of money back in 1958, too. Middle class families, most living on $4,000-$5,000 per year, must have worried about increases in property taxes. But in that year, with the hope of a better future for their children, courageous community leaders and willing residents, voted for a new school district and new school building.

Since that historic vote, thousands of Lanesborough children have received an education second to none. Now, in the year 2016, our children need and deserve our support more than ever. Please vote to give future generations of Lanesborough students the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, modern, 21st century school building.

Let's continue the legacy of our predecessors! Let's accept $34 million from the state! Let's rebuild and do the job right! Let's support education! Let's vote "Yes" on Tuesday, March 15!

Peter J. Pannesco, Lanesborough


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