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Thomas Brown: Easthampton school project investment in future

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Easthampton school project investment in future

I’m encouraged by the fact that the effort to build a new school in Easthampton has been education-based from the beginning.

The process didn’t just start out with the idea of building a new school. It began with a cross section of community participants coming together to map out a vision for the future of education in Easthampton. A new school concept was eventually designed around that vision with the intention of providing a 21st-century learning environment for all of Easthampton’s students.

Since the formation of the School Building Committee in 2015, several options were explored in an attempt to meet that vision. They included renovations to existing buildings, expansion of existing buildings and looking at a kindergarten to Grade 5 model. The committee determined that the proposed pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 model was the best solution to meet that vision and provide a quality educational facility for all of Easthampton’s elementary and middle school students.

As communities grow, as technology and programs and practices evolve, communities will typically upgrade their facilities to meet those needs. Easthampton has a history of doing just that.

When we outgrew the original high school at Memorial Hall, the community saw the need to build a new high school on Park Street. And again as the community grew and evolved, a new high school was built on Williston Avenue. Fifty years later, our current high school was built on Williston Avenue.

Our small, outdated fire station and our police department located in the back of the old Town Hall were updated to a new state-of-the-art public safety complex. Our city and school offices that were scattered in three different locations were consolidated in one new municipal office building at 50 Payson Ave.

I know that the quality of education that Easthampton delivers to its students is second to none in the Valley. It’s time now for us to provide a facility that matches that educational standard.

This is our investment in the future of our entire city. Please join me in voting “yes” for the future on May 22.

Thomas Brown

Easthampton

The writer is chairman of the School Building Committee.