Tewksbury deserves new high school

Full story: Lowell Sun 20
As a lifelong resident of Tewksbury, a graduate of Tewksbury High School, and a teacher and coach at Tewksbury High School for the past 16 years, I ask for the support of the Tewksbury community for the new high school building project. Full Story
Manitcor

Tewksbury, MA

#2 Feb 27, 2010
Good points. I have an interesting idea, why don't we vote to allow the mall to be built and tag the tax revenue from that to help pay down the debt.

Granted the initial rate may still be higher since it will take time for the mall to get rolling but you could easily kill 2 birds with one stone and improve the overall value of the community with a minimized overall tax payer cost.
Tewksbury Citizen

Boston, MA

#3 Feb 27, 2010
Newsflash.....Mills Corp. went bankrupt years ago!
Dan - Tewksbury Resident

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Feb 27, 2010
I am all for the new high school...If we get stuck renovating the old building to the new standards, it will definitely cost more...this is a no brainer...vote yes!!
Interesting

Tyngsboro, MA

#5 Feb 27, 2010
The new school is a no brainer vote yes on Saturday.
Kim

Dracut, MA

#6 Feb 27, 2010
I graduated from the High School in 89 and it was in disrepair then. If I lived in the town and owned a house I would votes yes just to keep up my real estate values. I live in Lowell and would choose Lowell High over Tewksbury High at this time.
confused

Tewksbury, MA

#7 Feb 28, 2010
Manitcor wrote:
Good points. I have an interesting idea, why don't we vote to allow the mall to be built and tag the tax revenue from that to help pay down the debt.
Granted the initial rate may still be higher since it will take time for the mall to get rolling but you could easily kill 2 birds with one stone and improve the overall value of the community with a minimized overall tax payer cost.
That ship has sailed long ago.. Not an option now.
Matt McGillick

AOL

#8 Feb 28, 2010
I haven't lived in town since 1964 when I went to college, but have returned many, many times and still know that Tewksbury is my home town. The Class of 63, was the first to spend all four years at the 'new school'. The four years served me well and I have enjoyed a good life. So in many ways, my heart tells me that the residents of Tewksbury should vote to give the children of tomorrow the same advantages I experienced.

But, this is not an affair of the heart. It is simple economics. The first thing that a home buyer with a family asks when looking at a new town is - how is the school system. A vote to build the new high school will cost each home owner what $300/yr. Think of it not as an expense, but as an investment ... you are putting money in the bank. If you don't take advantage of the very favorable financial package being made available by the state, 20 years from now the sale price of your home will be markedly less than if you do make the decision to proceed with the project.

For those who are closer to my age, or older, a decision to not build, will have an immediate impact upon the re-sale value of your home. So I, too, encourage all to vote in favor of this project ... because it is in the best interests of every home owner in Tewksbury.

Matt McGillick, Class of 63
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Mar 1, 2010
Matt McGillick wrote:
1. I haven't lived in town since 1964 when I went to college, but have returned many, many times and still know that Tewksbury is my home town. The Class of 63, was the first to spend all four years at the 'new school'. The four years served me well and I have enjoyed a good life. So in many ways, my heart tells me that the residents of Tewksbury should vote to give the children of tomorrow the same advantages I experienced.
2. But, this is not an affair of the heart. It is simple economics. The first thing that a home buyer with a family asks when looking at a new town is - how is the school system. A vote to build the new high school will cost each home owner what $300/yr. Think of it not as an expense, but as an investment ... you are putting money in the bank. If you don't take advantage of the very favorable financial package being made available by the state, 20 years from now the sale price of your home will be markedly less than if you do make the decision to proceed with the project.
3. For those who are closer to my age, or older, a decision to not build, will have an immediate impact upon the re-sale value of your home. So I, too, encourage all to vote in favor of this project ... because it is in the best interests of every home owner in Tewksbury.
Matt McGillick, Class of 63
1. I too graduated high school in 1963, not Tewksbury. I can tell you that we didn't have anything close to what the kids have today in terms of services.
2. It isn't $300. It's the usual annual tax increase plus $300. A new school building does not make a better school system.
3. A new school and a new town hall in my town did absolutely nothing to support home values. Zero. All it did was raise already high taxes even higher.

I don't live in Tewksbury and people there should do whatever they feel they must. I have never and will never vote for an override or a debt exclusion of any kind for any reason. Voting in favor of these things just rewards failed government management. Towns should plan for needed projects and maintain the buildings that they have.
Scary Tactics

Tewksbury, MA

#11 Mar 1, 2010
This is a chapter in Tewksbury Politics that is a page from Bush Chaney Play Book, get the parents scared, home owners panic over their home values so you can get the votes you want.
We can all use new things, we can all find arguments why new things are better, this economy is a testament of what happened when people over spend and pay for things they cannot afford. People are struggling to make a living and foreclosure is on the increase. Overspending our way to new high school is a BIG mistake, First there is no guarantee that it will come within budget, second having a shinny school with same teachers and same lack of accountability is guarantee of same results. Ask yourself, how did we get here in first place? Why Wilmington H.S kept it accreditation when it was built around same time? People, please vote NO, I can hardly make my Tax Payment now, I cannot afford another increase and don't trust our Town Hall to manage this project on time and on budget.
The state funds are not guaranteed, MA may reduce the budget in FY12 and cuts will be made just so we can pick up the tab.
Vote YES

Bronx, NY

#12 Mar 1, 2010
My 2 children recently graduated from Tewksbury H.S. and it is in total disrepair! Go take a tour thru the school! It has a multitude of serious failures! It's a joke. It has outlived it's use! From all I've read from both sides of this argument, you could renovate the high school w/no funds from the state or spend approx. the same amount for a new school w/the state kicking in. This is a no-brainer. You can put a pig in a ballgown but it's still a pig.
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Mar 1, 2010
Vote YES wrote:
My 2 children recently graduated from Tewksbury H.S. and it is in total disrepair! Go take a tour thru the school! It has a multitude of serious failures! It's a joke. It has outlived it's use! From all I've read from both sides of this argument, you could renovate the high school w/no funds from the state or spend approx. the same amount for a new school w/the state kicking in. This is a no-brainer. You can put a pig in a ballgown but it's still a pig.
Good analogy.
And thanks for caring about our town's HS even when it doesn't benefit your own family.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#14 Mar 1, 2010
Catmomdu wrote:
<quoted text>
Good analogy.
And thanks for caring about our town's HS even when it doesn't benefit your own family.
...she said with the violins playing in the background.
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#15 Mar 1, 2010
Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
...she said with the violins playing in the background.
Which tune? Liebestraum?
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#16 Mar 1, 2010
And it's officially on the ballot.
Congratulations for passing the first hurdle, Tewksbury!!!
(For the malcontent yapping about leaving the old building up and using the demolition money for teacher salaries.. a great big BOOOOO)
If you'd read through the documentation and our obligations I could have gotten home earlier.
Tewksbury Citizen

Boston, MA

#17 Mar 1, 2010
Now, now Cat...everyone there had the right to speak and equal due respect should come from BOTH sides of the issue. Though I too voted in the affirmative, I didn't care for some of the "mob mentality" shown toward those who chose (and had a right to) disagree.....not a good example to be setting for the kids everyone claims this to be about. Funny thing is the "naysayers" were most likely regular attendees to Town Mtg....doubt one could say the same for 90 per cent of the rest of tonight's special interest crowd.
NO NEW SCHOOL

Wilmington, MA

#18 Mar 1, 2010
VOTE NOOOO!!!!!! this new school will make this already crappy town even more slumish, who the hell is gonna pay for it? not me no way i'd rather move out of this place if this is passed, a single mother of 3 and taxes are bad enough, all you rich suburban democrats who want this school to pass ( and you may be saying "i dont fall into that catagory but really you do), please just please im asking you to think about people in this town like me who can barely scrape by with the present taxes, you dont build a multi million dollar high school in the middle of a recession thats just not smart and if you people would just think maybe you'd realize that

“Watch out for my shivs”

Since: Feb 09

Do troll busters become trolls

#19 Mar 2, 2010
Tewksbury Citizen wrote:
Now, now Cat...everyone there had the right to speak and equal due respect should come from BOTH sides of the issue. Though I too voted in the affirmative, I didn't care for some of the "mob mentality" shown toward those who chose (and had a right to) disagree.....not a good example to be setting for the kids everyone claims this to be about. Funny thing is the "naysayers" were most likely regular attendees to Town Mtg....doubt one could say the same for 90 per cent of the rest of tonight's special interest crowd.
You're absolutely right for pattin' my fur against the grain.
I was too keyed up... Sorry to anyone else I offended.
You're right. I, like most of the folks there, usually don't go to TM's.
Guitar Teacher

Somersworth, NH

#20 Mar 4, 2010
NO NEW SCHOOL wrote:
VOTE NOOOO!!!!!! this new school will make this already crappy town even more slumish, who the hell is gonna pay for it? not me no way i'd rather move out of this place if this is passed, a single mother of 3 and taxes are bad enough, all you rich suburban democrats who want this school to pass ( and you may be saying "i dont fall into that catagory but really you do), please just please im asking you to think about people in this town like me who can barely scrape by with the present taxes, you dont build a multi million dollar high school in the middle of a recession thats just not smart and if you people would just think maybe you'd realize that
This lower middle class Republican is voting yes for the new TMHS. We are going to need to re-build. We can do it now at 40% or later at 100% of the cost.
Have you actually seen the current high school? It was unsafe when I graduated from there 23 years ago! It's time for a change. Now is the best time to do this as we will have a low interest rate on the new building.
VOTE YES ON MARCH 6th!
If you are having trouble with your taxes, contact town hall as I believe there are assistance packages out there.
VOTE YES ON MARCH 6TH

Billerica, MA

#21 Mar 4, 2010
I'm also voting YES. We're looking at a tax increase either way, folks. So either get it at a 60% discount or pay full price.
Hangem High

Chelmsford, MA

#22 Mar 4, 2010
We (the taxpayer) built the schools in Lawrence, Lowell and Boston, without the taxpayers in those cities paying 40%. Let the town go into receivership, and let the state pick up 100%. A new school will not raise MCAS or SAT scores. And to anyone who thinks this will come in on budget, I have a bridge to sell you.

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