Voters divided on school superintendent’s building plans

In the wake of the Tisbury annual town meeting vote not to contribute to a new Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools (MVPS) superintendent’s office building, school business administrator Amy Tierney said Tuesday that plans to move ahead with the architectural design of the building are still viable.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) District owns the current building on 9 Pine Street in Vineyard Haven. The MVRHS school committee placed articles on all Island town meeting warrants that asked voters to approve their town’s share of $566,000 for architectural design costs for a new office building at an estimated cost of $3.5 million.

Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and West Tisbury voters approved the request. Tisbury voters did not. Because West Tisbury modified its article to require the unanimous approval of all the towns, Tisbury’s vote essentially nullified West Tisbury’s approval, Ms. Tierney told The Times this week. The plan is still on the table, however.

“We still want to see what happens in Aquinnah and Chilmark,” Ms. Tierney said. Similar articles are on the warrants for upcoming town meetings in Chilmark on April 22 and Aquinnah on May 14.

Under the terms of the high school district’s regional agreement, budget decisions require approval by only four of the six towns. Ms. Tierney said the school committee had hoped for unanimous approval for the superintendent’s office building project.

“If not, then the superintendent’s building committee will regroup, take a look at the project, and decide what to do next,” she said.

The committee continues to explore all of the options and is talking with some companies that do modular and pre-fab buildings, Ms. Tierney said.