Scituate: Town Meeting approves middle school feasibility study

About 650 people packed Scituate’s Special Town Meeting at the high school gymnasium Tuesday night, to vote in favor of appropriating $750,000 from available funds for a middle school construction feasibility study.

It’s all part of a selectmen’s master plan, where the town hall and new senior center would move to a renovated Gates School, a new middle school would be built at the existing town hall and a joint police and fire facility built in North Scituate.

Resident Robin Sabian-Laverne supports the article and cited all kinds of problems at the current Gates Middle School.

“There’s vinyl asbestos floor tiles, water damage, missing ceiling tiles, no sprinkler system in most of the school, half inch thick dust on overhead pipes as you walk in to the cafeteria, out of date electrical systems that can’t fully support technology integration in the classroom, fire doors that don’t open or close properly, exterior doors that are rusting out and allow anyone to easily walk in at anytime during the day, plastic sheeting stapled up to catch rainwater leaking through the roof…”

However not everyone favors the plan.

Margie Orenburger says she just can’t afford it.

“I don’t see a middle school in this town coming in anywhere under $60 million and if it’s only the beginning of a master building plan, we could be looking at $100 million! I can’t afford that!” she said.

The MSBA is meeting today to consider entering Scituate into the state school building reimbursement program.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.