A Barnstable Patriot article written on October 27th discusses negotiations over the state’s share of funding the new Cape Tech school, and Representative Will Crocker is lobbying with others for a larger reimbursement from the Massachusetts State Building Authority to support the project, based on the Cape Tech’s increased population of economically disadvantaged students.
Voters say ‘Yes’ on New Cape Tech
October 27, 2017
Future Cape high school students who are “hands-on” learners will attend class, lab, or shop at a new $128 million building that a majority of voters passed 3:1 Tuesday in a district-wide special election.
Calling the results “a landslide victory,” Cape Tech District Superintendent Robert Sanborn said: “We are extremely appreciative to the voters of our district from Provincetown to Mashpee for this outcome. Most of all, this vote endorses our students and our teachers.”
Sanborn delivered his remarks in a written statement posted Tuesday night on the school’s website.
“Current students and alumni should be extremely proud of attending Cape Cod Tech ... and playing a pivotal role in workforce development and economic development on Cape Cod,” Sanborn wrote. “It was the unequivocal district-wide respect for our mission that prevailed today.”
Passage sets in motion a two-year bid and construction process that will allow Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students to attend class uninterrupted while the new school is being built right next door to the current building, which is slated for demolition.
According to unoffical results, 12,363 voted “yes” versus 4,014 voting “no” in the 12 district towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth.
Official results in Barnstable recorded the final vote as 2,267 “yes” to 989 “no” for the town.
“It’s a huge margin,” Town Clerk Ann Quirk said Tuesday after the polls closed and her staff electronically tallied the votes.
Quirk added that, despite intermittent rain, turnout in Barnstable was just under 10 percent—slightly higher than that for the town’s Sept. 19 special election authorizing a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to pay for the town’s share of the project.
At present, about a third of the Cape Tech student body lives in the Town of Barnstable.
Negotiations are still underway over the state’s share of funding the new Cape Tech school. State Senator Julian Cyr, state Rep. Sarah Peake, and state Rep. Will Crocker are lobbying for a larger reimbursement from the Massachusetts State Building Authority to support the project, based on the Cape Tech’s increased population of economically disadvantaged students.
Here are the official results from the Barnstable Town Clerk’s Office:
Precinct 1: 243 yes to 99 no
Precinct 2: 212 yes to 98 no
Precinct 3: 102 yes to 42 no
Precinct 4: 234 yes to 89 no
Precinct 5: 202 yes to 101 no
Precinct 6: 207 yes to 77 no
Precinct 7: 253 yes to 103 no
Precinct 8: 69 yes to 43 no
Precinct 9: 56 yes to 20 no
Precinct 10: 148 yes to 58 no
Precinct 11: 223 yes to 124 no
Precinct 12: 162 yes to 85 no