The authorization for a new middle school in Hingham is long overdue, but is soon to be reality for the town and students. The School Building Committee recently signed a contract with an owner’s project manager who will be heavily involved in the creation of the new school. The project manager will be counseling the entire rebuild of the school from ground up.
After heavy snow damaged the middle school building this past winter, committee chair, Raymond Estes, reached out to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, known as MSBA, who responded to the town’s need.
“Come February 2nd, when we had some structural issues at the middle school, the MSBA got wind of that. We had a meeting and they essentially told us that we could no longer do an addition renovation project, we needed to build a new school if we were going to work with them. And they invited us to join the Model School Program,” said Estes.
Estes revealed during Wednesday night’s meeting that though the heavy winter snow damaged the school, many factors were involved in the decision, “There was a need to do something at the middle school because of increasing enrollment and a deteriorating facility that is now nearly fifty years old.”
In order to receive necessary funding, the board is working with the MSBA who helps design successful and efficient schools. By August, the committee and project manager will have a proposal and design for the MSBA to approve and construction to begin. Board members hope that a shovel will be in the ground by April 2012 and that the new school will be open by September 2014.