On January 27, the MSBA Board approved the Belmont High School Building Project. The current building was constructed in 1970. MSBA approval is a significant step that is essential for what will be a long term project.
The appointment of a temporary building committee of citizen volunteers by the Town Moderator will begin oversight of the process. The Town Moderator, who is responsible for appointing this committee, has stated that individuals with the necessary construction and financial expertise required by a project of this size will be appointed. In addition, the new MSBA requirements for the composition of the building committee will guarantee that educational objectives are fully represented.
The Temporary Building Committee will oversee a yearlong feasibility study; the study will review and analyze options to renovate or rebuild. I, along with the other members of the Board of Selectmen, will direct the Town Administrator and all relevant Town Departments to work closely with the Building Committee, School Committee and School Department throughout the feasibility study period to make sure that the new high school design is the right size and addresses the educational needs of our students.