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Franklin to renew request for high school project funding

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 8, 2008 11:03 AM

Franklin school officials say they plan to file an updated Statement of Interest with the Massachusetts School Building Authority as they move forward with a request for state funding toward a renovation or reconstruction of the town's 37-year-old high school.

Officials say that state aid for such a project will be crucial, since the town cannot afford to foot the full bill for a $100 million renovation or a $130 million new high school, cost estimates that were released by the town's architect earlier this year.

franklinhs.jpgFranklin High School: Obsolete at 37? (Franklin Schools image)
State Treasurer Timothy Cahill has criticized cities and towns for expecting the state to underwrite extravagant high school projects, and Franklin officials have said recently that they will be looking to scale back the project to make it more affordable.

Assistant Superintendent Maureen Sabolinksi is currently working with the state to review the town's previous Statement of Interest.

"This is an opportunity for us to update and review our project," she said. "Over the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing the feedback and looking to see what additional information we would like to provide, as well as looking at the project as a whole and seeing where to go with it."

-- Rachel Lebeaux

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