from Senator Cyr, Rep. Peake, Rep. Viera, Rep. Crocker and Rep. Whelan
A letter to our constituents in Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth:
On Tuesday, October 24th a district-wide election will be held seeking approval of the construction of a new technical high school in Harwich. This project has been approved to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority process, meaning over 50% of the cost will be picked up by the state.
We want you to know – that as your elected representatives in the Massachusetts legislature – we unanimously support this project and ask that you join us in voting “Yes” on this important project on October 24th. Polls will be open from 12pm to 8pm.
There are several reasons why we support this project:
- We need to ensure that all our students on the Cape have access to technical education as an option for their high school years in the decades to come. Our local technical high school must keep up with new career paths and innovations and keep their curriculum relevant to today’s economy.
- The current building is outdated and in a state of disrepair. It no longer meets the needs of students seeking a technical high school education in the 21st century.
- The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent, School Committee and School Building Committee have taken the right approach to address their facility’s needs. Over the past several years they explored renovation or new construction options and have participated patiently in the MSBA process to seek as much state assistance with the project cost as possible. Construction of a new facility is the most sensible answer.
- Last week the House and Senate passed legislation to increase the state’s contribution to the project by $5.3 million. This additional contribution will save Cape taxpayers nearly $10 million when taking into account the interest that would accrue to the towns.
We’re grateful that many Town Managers and Selectmen have put out information to you – the voters – on the financial impact of this project if it were approved. If you’re looking for more information on how this project could impact your property taxes, we suggest you call your Town Hall. Details on the finances and building plans for this proposed project are also available at www. CapeTech.us or www.YesOnCapeTech.com.
Whatever the specific impact on your community may be, by voting “Yes” you will be voting to invest in our youth and a better Cape Cod.
- Julian Cyr, State Senator
- Sarah K. Peake, State Representative
- David T. Vieira, State Representative
- William L. Crocker, State Representative
- Timothy R. Whelan, State Representative