There are two ways to approach the cost of building construction. One is sheer practicality. We ask ourselves what is the bottom line to get this building done as inexpensively as possible. We want it to be practical, fairly attractive, maintenance free. We want it to last about 30 years or until it becomes obsolete. Because it is only a practical building, it has no heart and soul. It does not hold memories for those who once inhabited it. And it does not contribute to the character, personality, and history of the community in which it sits.
Riding into Accomac last week past beautiful old homes and buildings constructed with care and purpose, I saw something that made me swell with pride — very plain red and white signs that said simply, “SAVE OUR SCHOOL.” Yes, Accomac School is OUR school. It was built to be loved and admired, with the best materials, with beautiful stately columns so that all who entered and learned there would retain fond memories of things learned and friendships made. It was built to define a proud and historic community. Many of us who spent our days wrapped in the love that Accomac School gave us still live here. We own businesses, have jobs, and contribute to our community. We have children and grandchildren who also live here. We vote in elections and have a voice. Stop looking at the bottom line and start listening to the voices of the community and its future generations. SAVE OUR SCHOOL. That is the second approach.