Friday, August 29, 2008
News from surrounding towns
The following news items were extracted from material available on Internet news sites.
CCHS ranked - Concord-Carlisle Regional High School was compared to about 140 other Boston area public high schools and ranked first for cost efficiency and 12th for academic performance. (“The Best Public High Schools,” www.bostonmagazine.com, September issue)
School building programs.
Littleton - The model schools program is being offered by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) as a way to lower school construction costs, by using an existing school as a template for a new school building in a different school district. School building projects in Dracut, Tewksbury, Norwood, Natick, Plymouth and Wayland have been qualified to participate in the program. Littleton High School and Groton-Dunstable Regional High School are among the facilities cited as model schools. (“Dracut qualifies for new school, August 24,” Boston Globe)
Chelmsford - MSBA has offered 56.31% reimbursement totaling $8,739,542, for the Chelmsford High School renovation project completed last year. (“State approves CHS reimbursement,” August 13, wickedlocal.com)
School fees climb - While there is large variability in school fees for sports, transportation and activities among area high schools, the general trend is upward. Sports fees range from $80 per sport at Dracut to $500 per sport in Tyngsborough. (“Fees climb, some family caps come off,” August 24, Boston Globe)
4-H Fair. Westford - About 250 4-H members from over 20 area clubs participated in this year’s 4-H Fair held in Westford, August 22 - 24. Exhibitions included 154 birds, 90 horses, 84 rabbits, 26 dogs, seven cats, nine cattle and three pigs. (“In its 53rd year, not much has changed at Middlesex County Fair,” August 25, Lowell Sun).
Land protected. Concord and Acton - State legislation has protected 215 acres of land owned by the Department of Corrections. The Concord half includes about 108 acres of farmland next to the prison, while the Acton land includes a soccer field. The open space land is restricted from development, except for future work associated with the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail and modifications to the Concord Rotary. (“New law protects lands at prisons,” August 22, wickedlocal.com)
Transportation. Acton - The town is looking into a shuttle bus to reduce local traffic and has hired Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates to help meet the February 2009 grant application deadline for Federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) funding. The grant subsidizes most of the costs of a shuttle during the first three years of service. (“Town hires shuttle consultant,” August 19, wickedlocal.com)
Hazard detector. Chelmsford - A prototype screening device capable of detecting anthrax and other biological, chemical or radioactive hazards is located at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Regional Laboratory off Technology Drive in Chelmsford. The Chelmsford device is one of two that have been built and tested so far. According to laboratory deputy director Robert Maxfield, Homeland Security plans to eventually install the devices in every state. (“EPA at home in Chelmsford,” August 15, wickedlocal.com)
40B. Billerica - Rose Hill Manor is a proposal for 41 units of senior housing to be located on 3.2-acres of a 15-acre parcel by St. Theresa’s owned by the Boston Archdiocese. About 45% of the project costs are being met with the help of $4.77 million in Section 202 Program funding for low-income senior housing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). (“Senior development goes before Board of Appeals,” August 12, wickedlocal.com). ∆
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