Voters agreed to spend the money to build it. Figuring out where to build it caused much debate and several legal battles. But with Tuesday's ceremonial groundbreaking, Indian Prairie School District 204's third high school finally and irrevocably took on a tangible quality. It's here, or at least they tell us it will be by fall 2009.
How fitting that Metea Valley High School's formal groundbreaking should occur on the day that Barack Obama clinches the Democratic nomination for president. How ironic that two drawn out, take-no-prisoners battles should conclude (in Metea's case, symbolically at least) on the same day.
Seeing architectural renderings for the first time, hearing the congratulatory words from Aurora officials, it all seems so real now. Metea is going to happen. It'll be a great school, folks, we're sure. Yes, there's still the unresolved lawsuits with the Brach and Brodie trusts over the abandoned site where district officials promised to build the school, and we've no idea how much those will end up costing the district and taxpayers. But nothing now is going to change the fact that Metea is moving forward. It's inevitable. Game over.
What now? Well, there's an awful lot of healing to be done, if it can be. The battle over Metea divided the community and caused a lot of hurt feelings. Just as Hillary Clinton must concede the nomination and support her party's candidate, isn't it time for those who fought Metea to come around and accept it? Or are we way off? Will some Mettea opponents carry on the fight, like some of Clinton's die hard supporters? What will they have to gain?
One last thought. Even if you don't support the school board and/or administration, why not embrace the school at this point? It's going to be a very nice school, assuming all goes as planned. Are you willing to accept it, now that construction has started?