Time to move ahead together

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To the Editor:

Our responsibility as educators is to best support our Island’s children. I feel the MVRHS track and fields project was a proposal that would do just that. 

Yet another responsibility as educators is to listen to our community, and as this long review process unfolded, it became apparent that this project caused deep concerns within our community.

The Oak Bluffs planning board has made a decision. This is not the planning board’s denial. This is not any one individual’s denial. This is the denial of many folks among our Island community. I accept the board’s decision, and understand that there are many reasonable people who opposed this project, some who happen to be close friends of mine. I don’t believe members of the planning board and others who opposed this project have done anything more than strongly advocate for their own beliefs and for others who have concerns. 

I am hopeful we can, as an Island community, come together to find a path to safe, playable fields and a new track for our children. It has become clear to me the only way to do this is to begin working together.

Richie Smith, assistant superintendent
Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools