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Swampscott board talks master plan for schools

SWAMPSCOTT – The School Master Plan was discussed Wednesday evening at a selectmen meeting.School Committee member Glenn Paster explained the school district would like to submit a Letter of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.Paster said the process of securing state funding for school building projects has changed considerably since the high school was built a couple of years ago.?The first of 60 or 70 steps is submitting a Statement of Interest,” Paster said. “The state requires approval by the selectmen and School Committee to submit a Letter of Interest.”Paster said the state requires the district to identify one building that is the most deficient. He added Superintendent Lynne Celli and the School Committee agreed it is Hadley.?All we are asking is to be allowed to put our hand in the air and say we have a deficiency,” Paster said.Selectman Matthew Strauss asked what the time frame is and Celli said it would take three to five years to go through the process.Joe Crimmins, who is on the School Master Plan Committee, said a master plan is required to submit a Letter of Interest. Crimmins did not go into the details of the master plan.Selectman Jill Sullivan asked if the state starts working with the master plan that is submitted or does it start from scratch.Celli said the Massachusetts School Building Authority would “come in and do it their way.”In 2008, the School Master Plan Committee recommended a master plan for the schools that could cost upwards of $77 million. At that time, the committee recommended closing Hadley and renovating the Clarke School for use as an early childhood education center.It called for housing all students in grades 1-4 at the Stanley School. Under that plan, which has been named G1, all students in grades 5-8 and the central offices would be located at the middle school on Forest Avenue.In 2008, the committee said there were two options on the table for the Stanley School site. He explained the preferable option would be building a new three-story school next to the existing building and, when construction is complete, razing the existing Stanley School. The other option was building an addition on Stanley, which could require temporarily housing students in another facility that is currently unused by the district.The selectmen voted unanimously to allow Celli to submit a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.In other business, Selectman Robert Mazow said the town needs to move forward with building a new police station.?I hope it’s active, doable and viable,” he said. “This is not a dead project.”Selectman Richard Malagrifa agreed. “I want this (police station) to go forward expeditiously,” he said.

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