BRAINTREE – The city will once again seek public funds for the renovation or replacement of Braintree High School as well as repairing the roofs of three elementary schools and the kindergarten center.
The school committee is expected to give its final approval on June 1 after submitting the applications to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The city council, whose approval is also needed, is expected to act later that night.
The approval of the expression of interest by the building authority would be the first step towards obtaining public funds for the works. The building authority has refused the high school‘s request in recent years.
“It shows them we’re still serious about this,” school committee chair Thomas Devin said at Monday night’s committee meeting.
In a special election in September, voters approved $ 1.5 million to study the high school redevelopment. The study would examine the school’s programs and whether the building meets those needs.
Similar studies were carried out for the East Middle School before its renovation and expansion, and for the South Middle School, which is to be replaced with a new building. The projects in the East and the South are partly financed by public funds for the construction of schools.
The school is the newest school building in the city; it was built in the early 1970s.
Also in the special election, voters approved a temporary $ 5 million tax increase for elementary school roof replacement. In December, the state building authority invited the city to participate in its fast-track repair program for the roof replacement of Highlands and Liberty schools.
The new request will be for Flaherty, Hollis and Morrison elementary schools, as well as the kindergarten center at Monatiquot school.
The roofs of the city’s elementary schools are all around 30 years old and leaks have become a problem. The roof of Ross School was replaced after being badly damaged by a storm.
Also on Monday, Hill International’s Mary Mahoney said design work for the new South Middle School was proceeding as planned, with bids on the project due to open in September.
She said five general contractors are going through the qualification process, which should lead to a competitive bidding market.
Hill International is the city’s project manager for the construction of the new South Middle School.