ATTLEBORO — School board members are preventing back over complaints that the town ought to take a look at extra alternate options to constructing a new high school.
Board members mentioned the town has checked out greater than 10 alternate options for repairs, renovations and constructing new earlier than deciding a very new school is the very best plan of action.
A new school is cheaper than renovations or repairs, much less disruptive to schooling and would lead to a constructing that shall be good for 50 years.
“We can pay much less now for an answer that may last more,” Chairman Stephen Withers Jr. mentioned.
The committee was reacting to feedback on social media and from candidates for metropolis workplace that Attleboro wants a cheaper Plan B.
Board member Robert Geddes mentioned a new high school really is Plan B.
Initially, the town was pursuing in depth repairs, however the state company that funds school buildings recommended a new constructing can be extra price environment friendly and educationally sound.
Member Mike Tyler mentioned if voters reject a tax enhance for a new school, repairs can be “very, very costly.”
He mentioned he fears main downside will strike the growing older high school constructing within the meantime.
School officers have mentioned for years that main programs, such because the boilers, might fail at any time.
Doing greater than $10 million in repairs would set off a state regulation requiring the complete school to be introduced as much as fashionable constructing codes with sprinklers and full handicapped entry.
Metropolis officers estimate new school would price about $266 million, with about half coming from the state.
A tax enhance to pay for the town’s $133 million share would add about $390 to the common dwelling’s annual property tax invoice for about 20 years till a bond is paid off.
Withers mentioned later that if the new school is rejected, it can take years to get back on the state funding checklist and the state may not approve it.
Additionally, if programs fail within the meantime, the town must pay 100 % of the restore prices.
Metropolis officers are scheduled to satisfy with the state School Constructing Authority Wednesday and the company is anticipated to decide on Attleboro’s utility in December.
Withers mentioned the town would then have 120 days to carry a vote to fund the undertaking.