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A worthwhile investment

Hudson residents once again will consider a multimillion-dollar warrant article for renovations to Alvirne High School.

The past two years, measures have failed to garner the votes needed, failing by 79 votes last year and 42 in 2018.

The difference this year, is the ask is $17.5 million versus $25 million the previous two years.

Information provided by Hudson School District Superintendent Larry Russell shows the estimated tax impact for the owner of a $300,000 home. In the first year, those homeowners could expect to pay an additional $42. The second year, the cost would triple to $126. From years three through 30, the cost to taxpayers would stair-step down.

“The No. 1 driver on this project is student safety,” Russell said. The first aspect we’re looking at is the parking lot. Right now, the parking lot is sort of the wild west when it’s arrival time and departure time.”

The school’s main entrance and cafeteria would also see improvements under the plan, including moving the main office to the entrance from the second floor.

The lunch room area does not have any walls, and the plan calls for that addition to help improve safety, allowing students to be secure in the event of a lock down.

“The problem with our building is it’s not a modern design,” Russell said. “It’s a design from 1975, and so that’s 45 years old, and that’s just not fitting today’s world.”

Russell is right. For security purposes alone, changes must be made to Alvirne High School. In this day and age, threats are very real. It’s time to remedy the situation and ensure Hudson students are safe while attending classes. It’s imperative local residents weigh this issue carefully. Approval of this warrant article is certainly a worthwhile investment.

Residents can cast their votes on the matter from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 10 at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave.

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