While the Dennis selectmen endorse the proposed construction of a new Cape Tech School in Harwich, the Dennis Finance Committee opposes it. They believe that the project is unaffordable and that the present building is in fine shape.

Actually, it's not in fine shape. Many of the systems, including HVAC, plumbing and roofing, are failing as well as the building envelope. Learning spaces are no longer adequate to teach modern tech. Cost estimates by the school board committee representatives of the towns suggest that a major renovation would cost as much as new construction and would not be as satisfactory given the constraints of the current footprint.

The Massachusetts School Board Authority would cover 32.5 percent, or $46,902,324, leaving the associated Cape towns the remaining $86,043,703. Property taxes for the average Dennis home are projected to only rise $38.81 a year. It seems expensive but that’s because the educational requirements of a tech school involve very different space and equipment needs than the usual high school. Still, we need to train a future generation of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, car mechanics and information techs as well as chefs if we are going to continue to live here.

David Hughes

East Dennis