No doubt we all share great pride in our town, Ashby.
Most likely we appreciate a sense of shared values including being good neighbors and being resourceful.
And like residents long before us here, we understand the importance of what it means to be a good citizen: Providing a sound, public education for our children so that they can meet opportunity and better compete in an ever-changing economy -- whether close by or farther away.
We may live in a smaller community, but that doesn't dissuade us from desiring a quality education. The future of our children is worth responsible stewardship. By laying the important building blocks, we are providing them with what's critical to their education -- classrooms and a school.
This doesn't happen by itself. We have to be accountable and responsible for it. As a community, we then reap the benefits -- intangible and tangible. Whether it's producing effective, self-reliant citizens with better opportunities or supporting property values, both are worthwhile.
Fiscal responsibility goes hand-in-hand with realities for a brighter future, and to foster a failing school at a similar price tag as a new school doesn't seem like responsible stewardship. Neglect shouldn't be an option. Let's not let North Middlesex Regional High School become like the failing bridges and streets of Massachusetts -- kicking the can ever further down the road, paying greater amounts in the long run while putting the stakeholders at risk.
As residents and good citizens, it is our obligation to provide a sound education to our children and to future generations -- right here in our own neighborhood.
Vote yes for NMRHS -- it's the right time.
1982 NMRHS graduate, Ashby