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Friday, May 7, 2010

Article 16: Capital expenditure, CCHS renovation study and design

This Article asks the town to authorize the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District to borrow $1.3 million for a feasibility study and schematic design for renovation of Concord-Carlisle High School. Carlisle’s share of the $1.3 million will be roughly $390,000. However, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has indicated it may reimburse 31% of the expense. If this happens, Carlisle’s cost will be $270,000.

The Regional School Committee (RSC) has reported that the 50-year-old physical plant has such serious infrastructure issues that it is under “warning” status by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the organization that accredits high schools. They point out that “the high school has inadequate space, with an over 90% utilization rate, and many students find themselves unable to schedule classes. We also place special needs students out of town, at a great cost to the towns, because of inadequate space to house them at the high school.” In addition, there are serious safety issues, such as 74 exterior doors on this campus.

A Master Plan Committee suggested a renovation plan, with a preliminary cost estimate of $108 million.

If the Article passes at Town Meeting and at Town Election, the RSC will meet with the MSBA to determine the level of reimbursement, and then form a building committee to partner with the MSBA to design the project and a budget.

The Carlisle Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously support the Article. The Article has already passed in Concord. ∆

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