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June 1, 2014

Your view: Letters to the editor

Students deserve a new Hunking School

To the editor:

I was born in Bradford, attending Hunking School as a child and graduating eighth grade 43 years ago in 1971. I never dreamed that my orthodontic practice would be located only 200 yards both from the school and my boyhood home, which is still occupied by my parents, now in their 80s.

I was a product of the Haverhill school system graduating from Haverhill High in 1975, before attending the University of Vermont and matriculating to Boston University Dental School. I was also an employee of the system, teaching biology at Haverhill High in 1979-80.

During the week at my office, hundreds of young families come through my doors with their young children in tow for orthodontic treatment. The buzz in the waiting room since January has been the need to replace the deteriorating Hunking School. Parents want what is best for their children and a quality education in a safe, modern setting is a top priority!

The existing Hunking School is in a woeful state of disrepair, suffering a partial collapse in 2011 and currently shored-up by temporary supports. The school faces closure at the end of the 2016-2017 school year due to severe structural issues. If a new school is not built, more than 500 students will be bused across our city, resulting in middle school classes that could exceed 40 students, as well as greatly increased transportation costs.

I have always told my own children that the greatest gift a parent can give is a quality education. Please vote “yes” on June 10 and provide our young scholars this precious gift.

Thomas A. Ferlito D.M.D.

Bradford Orthodontics

Bradford

Who will really pay for new Hunking School?

To the editor:

On June 10, the citizens of Haverhill will vote on the exclusion of Proposition 2 1/2 to increase taxes to help pay for the new school.

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