To the editor:
Towns in the Central Berkshire Regional School District will be voting on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their local polling stations whether or not to accept the Massachusetts School Building Authority's proposal to do a study on options for Wahconah Regional High School. Thank you to the members of the school's building committee for doing their job in getting information out to the towns. If you need any of this information, please visit cbrsd.org and follow the links to get this information.
One thing that I would highly recommend is going to the website and taking the video tour. You will see that the administration, staff and students take great pride in keeping the school clean. However, what you will also see, in addition to what is being explained to you, is a building that is tired. What is done within the school as far as educating students is exceptional, but the building needs to rise and meet the capabilities of our staff and students.
My own eyes were opened to these building issues at the school as I attended one of the tours that was being offered and I have been teaching there for 14 years! As an educator and parent of children in the district, I see firsthand how education in our schools has changed. It has become more about discovery, collaboration, technology, and hands-on learning. Our students need to be prepared with many different skills for the world now, and we owe it to them to have a school where those needs can be met. To see it is to truly believe that we need options to be explored.
Once you agree that we at least need to renovate the school, you have to understand why we need to do the actual study. The state has said that this feasibility study, which will provide us with options, needs to be done for it to stay involved. Passing it with a majority vote will put us on a path for, not only reimbursement of 54 percent of the study, but 54 percent reimbursement of a future project from the state. Without it, the towns will be forced to foot 100 percent of a project on their own!
We need to come together as the CBRSD community and support this feasibility study. Voting yes says that we believe in our community, we believe in the futures of our students and we need the help of the state to make this happen.