8:30 a.m. start time eyed for next year
Two possibilities for the locations of prekindergarten and district offices, during construction and after the completion of the new high school, consumed much of the attention of the School Committee at its Jan. 10 meeting.
The location of both are under consideration because using the former Parmenter School, a town-owned building, could reduce construction costs at high school -- estimated since June to be $308 million.
In a separate matter, the committee saw a preliminary 2019-2020 school calendar, proposing an 8:30 a.m. start time for the high school. See details below.
HMFH Architects, the Cambridge firm hired to design the new school, was also retained to assess the relative costs and viability of moving the district offices to the now partly vacant Parmenter or to maintain the offices and Menotomy Preschool in the high school though the state is not expected to reimbursement their costs. The Mass. School Building Authority has considered neither educationally necessary and not eligible for an expected 40-percent reimbursement. See the Parmenter diagrams here >>