The Plymouth Select Board and School Committee gave the go ahead Monday night for South High School to accept the invitation of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or MSBA, to enter the eligibility phase of their school building process.
Parents and students filled the Little Theater at Plymouth Community Intermediate School as board members of both groups made quick work of agreeing to get in line with about fifteen other school districts for MSBA consideration. Selectman Chair Matt
Muratore is one of those parents. He has four daughters, who will eventually be going Plymouth South:
“So I really have a vested interest in this for these girls to actually go through a good learning environment. Excellent teachers, excellent administration, but they need a good learning environment. And if Plymouth North can have it, I think Plymouth South can have it too.”
Superintendent of Schools, Gary Maestas:
“The people in South Plymouth are really anxious to see how we can address that property because it does have some concerns.”
Those concerns range from a chronically leaking roof, to a faulty heating system to poor design resulting in a building with few classroom windows: Principal Pat Fry:
“There’s about 86 classroom spaces, 12 have natural light coming in, so my staff will tell you, and my kids, they don’t see light all day.”
The vote puts South in line to qualify for the state’s feasibility process, which is the next step. Then, the state would examine whether it’s more cost effective to renovate, expand the building or build a new one.