The solution proposed by the State High ballot referendum isn’t perfect. However, Voltaire was right when he said that the perfect is the enemy of the good. If we wait for perfect, we will wait forever. The current plan, consisting of renovation coupled with new construction, is a sound plan arrived at with significant community input. It is a plan that allows us to tremendously upgrade the safety and security of our schools for the next 50 years or more.
We can all agree that the current design of the high school, with two buildings and students crossing the street every 47 minutes, is not ideal. A yes vote on Tuesday is a vote for an improved State High with academic space concentrated primarily in one building, offering students a safer, smoother school day. A yes vote is a vote for an updated school with new, monitored entrances and exits designed to reflect best practices in safe school architecture. The layout of the proposed new State High keeps students on one side of Westerly Parkway, shields them in a more controlled environment and creates an atmosphere that breeds familiarity, not anonymity.
I urge you to cast a vote for safer schools by voting yes on the State High project referendum.