On Friday morning, January 16, 2015 members of the Cape and Islands legislative delegation attended the 2nd annual legislative breakfast at the "Hidden Cove" restaurant at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School at the invitation of Superintendent Robert P. Sanborn III. In attendance from the delegation were Susan Rohrbach assistant to Senator Dan Wolf, Representative Sarah Peake, Representative Randy Hunt and Representative Brian Mannal. Representatives Tim Whelan and David Vieira were scheduled to attend but unable to attend due to last-minute unforeseen pressing matters.
The focus of the breakfast was informing the delegation about the school's invitation into the eligibility period by the Massachusetts School Board Authority (MSBA) as well as thanking them for their efforts and support over the last year in seeking assistance from the MSBA. The cost share by the MSBA for a Cape Cod Tech project is essential to revitalizing the physical plant of Cape Cod Tech in Harwich. FY15 and FY16 state budget issues and outgoing Governor Patrick's 9C cuts were also subjects of discussion at this gathering.
Following the breakfast, Cape Cod Tech Superintendent Robert Sanborn III told Cape Cod Today:
"We have submitted five Statements of Interest (SOI) and the fifth time was the charm. For over two years now, we have been informing town officials about our facility needs and the likelihood of a potential project. Most recently, town administrators convened here at the school after we were visited by the MSBA for a senior study site visit in response to our most recent SOI. This meeting focused on how a potential project might be financed and the steps in an MSBA project. We are at the initial stages and look forward to an ongoing discussion with our twelve towns as this process moves forward. We believe a revitalized physical plant for Cape Cod Tech with MSBA collaboration will be an invaluable workforce development resource for the entire Cape Cod community."
In recent years, many Cape schools have spent millions of dollars updating their 1970s vintage school buildings. For some districts this necessitated the construction of new facilities or extensive re-working of extant schools.
The Cape’s two vocational-technical high schools are unique among area school districts in that they did not suffer declining enrollment during a time when other districts lost over 20% of their populations. Demand for the programs offered by both vo-tech schools remains strong.
The photo below is an aerial of the present CC Tech campus on Route 124 in Harwich.
Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Tech.