Letters

A high school upgraded for the next generation of students

Thursday, Oct 30 - In his letter Berkshire Hills Superintendent Peter Dillon writes: "Doing the project as presented addresses the school’s inadequacies in systematic and deliberate ways that actually will cost us less than doing it piecemeal. It gives us a wonderful space for learning for the next fifty years."

The other ‘No’ vote risks

Wednesday, Oct 29 - In her letter, Ellen Lahr of Housatonic writes: "I’m willing to pitch in $218 per year to create a safe, healthy and collaborative learning environment for our district’s teachers and students. I surely support that $23.2 million in school construction funds that the state is ready to send our way."

Jeremy Higa for School Committee

Monday, Oct 27 - In their letter, Gene Kalish and Anne Hutchinson write: "Just as he has dedicated himself to his family and their education, we believe that he will dedicate himself to the betterment of the school district."

School renovation an investment in economic development

Friday, Oct 24 - In her letter, Leigh Davis, a member of the Great Barrington Finance Committee, notes: "One of the best and most compelling ways to attract young parents to come to or stay in Berkshire County is to have schools that are attractive and desirable for their kids to attend."

67 teachers, staff endorse high school renovation

Thursday, Oct 23 - The teachers write: "We believe that the proposed renovation will dramatically improve the building's use as an educational tool, both in design and function, for the next 50+ years. The renovated MMRHS will create a safe and healthy learning environment."

‘Taxed out of town’ if renovation approved

Wednesday, Oct 22 - In her letter, Patricia Ryan states: "Many of us are frugal New Englanders trying to take care of ourselves as best we can. We repair our homes as needed. We make do."

Don’t be deceived: We need to invest in education

Monday, Oct 20 - Jon Piasecki of West Stockbridge writes: "The claim that some random person can design it better than the thoughtful professionals who have worked for years on this renovation is a lie. The claim that it will be cheaper to do nothing and let the school rot is a lie."

School renovation needed for public education excellence

Monday, Oct 20 - In his letter, Rich Bradway writes: "After reviewing dozens of potential project scenarios, the School Committee came up with one project that would encompass updates to the building in all areas -- structure, utilities, security, safety and education."

High school in desperate need of renovation

Sunday, Oct 19 - In his letter to the editor, Richard Coons, chairman of the Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation project explains the facts about the 5-year process to develop a satisfactory renovation plan, and why it should be approved by voters on November 4.

High school needs upgrade to meet current standards

Saturday, Oct 18 - In her Letter to the Editor, Rebecca Gold states: "This renovation project is not about creating a state-of-the-art facility; it’s about bringing the building up to the standard our children already have in the other two schools."

What I really said — and why I now support the Monument renovation

Friday, Oct 17 - Most of the costs of the renovation plan are actually repair and code-upgrade costs. No realistic scenario can avoid paying the principal costs of sustaining that building, sooner or later. in the meantime that building is going to need work, probably starting with that expensive roof. Postponing decisions about facilities ... means educating a generation of students in a decaying building.