Two former Tisbury School students, now students at MVRHS, have produced a five-minute video on the need for a new school.
The video has been released as the school building committee is about to make its case to voters for a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion at the upcoming April 10 town meeting. The project also needs support at the polls April 24.
The video was produced by Richie Bartlett and Ben McMahon, and uses Schools Superintendent Matt D’Andrea to narrate. Two teachers, Tamzin Partridge and Anne Williamson, are also featured in the video.
“There are a number of benefits that the new Tisbury School will provide to students and staff,” D’Andrea says. They include breakout areas for small group instruction that will benefit special education and English language learning students, he said. A larger cafeteria will allow for fewer lunch periods, and the school will have improved technology, D’Andrea said.
“One of the main benefits is going to be more space for students. Right now I share a classroom with a special ed teacher,” Partridge says in the video. “It’s very distracting, especially with the nature of some of the needs of those students who share that space all that time.”
D’Andrea says in the video that the process has been inclusive, with the community, even students, involved in making choices about the new school. “It’s been fun to think about the opportunity that this project brings to the students,” he said. “It’s been fun to think about what could be included in this new school that would enhance the learning of our students and be a beautiful addition to our town.”
Williamson, a third grade teacher, said it will enhance the way she now teaches students. “Having a bigger space is something I will really take advantage of, space to show their work,” she said.
D’Andrea says the building will be energy-efficient in order to reduce the operating costs. “This is truly an exciting opportunity for the town of Tisbury and the Tisbury school community,” he said.
The Tisbury School Building Committee is hosting a presentation Saturday, April 7, in the school gym at 10 am to review schematic design plans, the project budget, and both state and town contributions. This is an opportunity for residents to hear the project details and to ask questions of the committee and their consultants. Tours of the existing school will be given from 11 am to 12 noon.