Letter: Falmouth school reflects community

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I had the great fortune to be one of the almost 300 people to attend the dedication ceremony of Falmouth’s new elementary school. It was a perfect day to officially open the doors and welcome our community inside to share in what we all built together.

Our school is an achievement in it’s design, construction and emphasis on efficiency. For example, the capture and re-use of rain water, sunlight, and recycled materials helps make this building what a responsible, 21st century design needs to be. The use of cost- and energy-efficient systems will save taxpayers money for years. The fact that the entire project came in exactly on time and 30 percent under budget is further testament to the outstanding management of our community.

But what struck me most of all was who was in attendance. Half the audience was comprised of members of our community without a child in the school or in the school system at all. It was a recognition and celebration by multiple generations and points of view of what it means to be a community, and to take pride in what we have achieved together.

Town Councilor Chris Orestis