EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 16, 2014

Letter: Hunking School project benefits everyone

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

As some people may know, there is a proposal on the table for the citizens of Haverhill to vote in favor of building a new Hunking School. The plan to build a new school near the current site will benefit everyone in the city.

If you have children, they will benefit from a brand new state-of-the-art building. The proposed plan would move the students from both the Hunking and J. Greenleaf Whittier schools to the new site. Both buildings are crumbling. In addition, the new building will relieve the overcrowding at Bradford Elementary. Our kids deserve to learn in an environment that is safe and free of distractions.

If you do not have children, the new plan still benefits you. A community’s backbone is its education system. If we do not do this for our children, it will result in massive overcrowding in the existing schools. This will cause our school district to be downgraded by the Department of Education. Today, parents have a choice on where to send their kids to school. Let’s give them a reason to send them to Haverhill.

If you’re concerned about the cost, you’re not alone. Thanks to Rep. Brian Dempsey, Superintendent James Scully and the design team, all efforts have been made to make the cost minimal. The state will foot 61 percent to 67 percent of the cost. Haverhill taxpayers will pay approximately $1.35 a week more in property taxes. It isn’t likely we will get a good deal like this again.

I want to urge every Haverhill voter to go to the polls on June 10. Vote for a better education for our students. Vote for the continuing prosperity of Haverhill. Vote to build a new Hunking School.

Shaun Ashworth