Councilor Dan Rourke gave me permission to post his statement on the Lowell High vote. He released the statement on Monday, June 12, 2017, in anticipation of taking the vote the next evening. That vote was postponed for a week and will be taken up next Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Here’s Councilor Rourke’s statement:
The passion within the city in regards to the location of a new Lowell High School has surpassed that of any other topic in my short time as a Lowell City Councilor and also for the twenty plus years I’ve been following Lowell politics. I’d like to thank all the citizens of Lowell who have reached out and advocated for their position on what they think is best for the future of the taxpayer, the students and for the city as a whole. Valid points have been made for both locations.
In the end, the unknown in any type of Downtown renovation including costs, length of reno and most importantly, the safety of staff and students during that time is too important to ignore. The opportunity to build brand new, the opportunity for all students to have a campus atmosphere where students can learn and participate in after school activities without distraction leads to only one option for not only the future of our children, but to that of the future of Lowell.
I will be strongly supporting building a brand new learning facility at the Cawley site at tomorrow night’s City Council meeting.
The opportunity to revitalize our Downtown while providing a state of the art Lowell High School will give Lowell the best chance to make the city what we all desire it to be, a destination for others to come visit, work, live and raise a family.
The future of Lowell is up for vote tomorrow evening. My vote will be a new Lowell High School at Cawley stadium.
Once again, thank you to all who have emailed, called, texted and spoke to me in person. I am hopeful after tomorrow night’s vote on location, we can all come together as one and continue to strive to make Lowell the best city in the Commonwealth.