Newton North High School is many things: an educational institution, a community resource, a construction zone, a $197.5 million political flash point, and a symbol of either (pick one) municipal excess or a commitment to educational excellence.
And once or twice a year, it is also a polling place, one of the liveliest in the city in fact. And given how hotly contested the $12 million override vote has been, it's not a surprise that voters there expressed a variety of opinions. Here's two:
Voter: Maria Fulwiler, 18 (first time voter)
Occupation: Student, Tufts University
Her take: "I had a great time in the Newton Public Schools. To have all the opportinutes that you get there is very invaluable, and I think it's very important that that continue. I was more busy at North than I am at college. I worked hard."
Voter: Victor Freeman, 73
His take: I guess I'm mostly angry at City Hall. Mostly about the $200 million high school. I think it could have been handled better, starting with the mayor and working down.
-- Ralph Ranalli