In Plymouth last night, the Board of Selectmen and School Committee voted to move forward to the next phase of the Massachusetts School Building Authority process, a move that will examine the needs of South High School.
Superintendent of Schools Gary Maestes addressed the joint meeting about the MSBA feasibility and schematic design phase: “Plymouth School Department has been working diligently over the last three months to enter into the feasibility and schematic design phase to really do an analysis of the South Campus to find out what that school needs because there are some issues with it.”
The cost of this year long schematic design review is $1.5 million; about half of this amount will be reimbursed by MSBA. The result of the study could be a recommendation for renovation and expansion or for a new South High School. Selectmen were in unanimous support, but both Selectman Belinda Brewster and Ken Tavares expressed concern about what this action could mean down the road for the taxpayers and the increased burden they could face.
The average taxpayer is currently being assessed about $140 a year to pay for the new North High School-Senior Citizen complex.