Although the district has identified the high school as its long-term priority in terms of the state’s School Building Authority fund process, this targeted work at the middle school could fall under a new accelerated repair program that the state is offering. It is only open to those projects that can access funding within two years. As of right now, the state program is offering around 50% reimbursement for the work, Bergeron said.
The regional financial advisory board endorses the idea and sees it as a way to address these immediate needs while the towns and district work to build consensus on the larger high school renovation project --a process that Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen estimates could still be 6 years down the road.
Bergeron concluded Tuesday meeting by convincing the board to lock in a 3-year price plan for natural heating gas. Increased demands for natural gas across the county couple with storage issue for the resource in New England are causing a rise in prices locally, he noted.
Mulqueen announced that a celebration of upgrades to the auditorium and other district improvements will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the next committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April.23.