The overwhelming yes vote for the Tisbury School at Sunday’s meeting is only a first step in the right direction. The opposition either didn’t want to stand up or decided not to show up. In 2018, a group of about 13 prominent Tisbury residents strategically posted a letter just days prior to election day, leaving the school building committee no time to post a rebuttal before the vote. The group stated that they had a plan that not only saved the building but also reduced the cost of renovation/addition by many millions. The school project lost by 21 votes after winning big at the town meeting.

During an early fall 2018 select board meeting, I personally handed out copies of that group’s letter. Since some of the signers were in attendance I requested that they share their plan with all of us. But they had no plan, it was just an idea. Fast forward to the present day, same old song, same empty plans and some of the same people. Voters, if you were fooled in 2018, please don’t be fooled again.

To the people who want to postpone the building project once again because they believe we should wait and build a regional middle school, I say that that’s like waiting for Godot. Until 1975, all Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury students in grades 6-8 attended the Tisbury School. That’s why the new West Tisbury School was built on County Road. Later the new Oak Bluffs School was built. The new Edgartown School, after several renovations and additions to the old building, was completed around 2003.

The Tisbury School is crumbling. We cannot keep postponing. Please vote yes for the Tisbury School either on June 17 or June 22.

Wiet Bacheller

Vineyard Haven