Middleboro: New high school is in the wind

By Alice Elwell

The school superintendent had some big news Thursday night when she announced Middleboro could be in line for funding this year from the School Building Authority.

School Committee Chairman Richard Gillis said the state wants to know if the town is ready to renovate or build a new high school if Middleboro is on the agenda to be funded.

Gillis said the town’s financial officers agreed Middleboro is ready.

Nearly 900 students attend the high school, which was built in 1971, and in desperate need of renovations. But taxpayers still have to come to terms with the need for a police station and Allin Frawley, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, thinks voters should support both.

The state could award funding as soon as January, or as late as June. Weiss said if accepted town meeting approval would be necessary to fund a feasibility study that could cost a much as $1 million and take up to 18-months to complete.

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