By Iona Bonneville, Retiree, Former AHS Teacher, and Parent/Grandparent of Multiple AHS Graduates
One definition of the word intrinsic is “valuable because of its situation within,” which aptly
describes the present strength of Attleboro High School. School spirit, enthusiasm, Blue Pride,
quality curriculums, pride in work ethics along with meaningful memories are the intrinsic
values of Attleboro High School. The students, faculty, administration and staff bring these
values to life in Attleboro High School every day.
Unfortunately, at this point in time the building itself does not lend itself to support these
values. The structure has aged beyond the point in which repairs and renovations are
feasible. When I retired in 2000 the list of deteriorating systems was long, and in the years
since many more serious structural failures have arisen. Custodians over the years have
rightfully taken pride in the maintenance of AHS, but these overwhelming problems are way
beyond maintenance level issues.
The projected cost of an estimated $200 million to address mechanical and environmental
systems that are nearing failure is phenomenal. The cost of these necessary repairs would
have the potential to fall largely, if not entirely, on the city with only limited support from
the state. Voting “no” on a new Attleboro High School could saddle future generations of city
residents with funding these repairs while preventing their ability to invest in a building that
would actually improve the educational environment in which students are learning. Simply
put, this would not be a wise decision.
The proposed new AHS was not frivolously formulated with unnecessary “bells” and
“whistles.” It is a proposal that is geared to bring Attleboro High School into the 21st Century
for educational excellence for Attleboro’s most treasured asset: our youth!
As a retired Attleboro High School teacher and the mother and grandmother of several
children who have proudly graduated from Attleboro High School, I ask that you vote
“YES” on April 3rd for a new Attleboro High School for our future citizens and leaders.