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Hingham Middle School modular units could be sold or donated

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 26, 2014 02:12 PM

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Jessica Bartlett

Now retired Middle School Principal Rodger Boddie shows off modular classrooms at Hingham Middle School in a 2010 tour.

As Hingham prepares to demolish the Middle School, officials say they plan to sell or donate the six-year-old modular units to another entity or town.

School Committee members on Monday voted to declare the units as “surplus,” a step that allows members to start the process of getting rid of them.

“We’re just beginning the process. This was step one that opens up a number of options,” said School Committee Chairman Ray Estes.

The units will either be sold through a Request for Proposal process to an outside company, or be given to another municipality. Several towns have expressed an interest, Estes said.

Estes said the value of the units, which fit together like a puzzle to create five classrooms, is hard to tell.

“In terms of an intrinsic value, they don’t have the same value that we paid for them six years ago,” Estes said. “They certainly have significant value that they allowed us to get from 2008 to now in a much better situation than would have been without them, but it’s hard to put a dollar value on them.”

Hingham school officials purchased the modular classrooms in 2008 for $700,000 as part of a temporary solution to a growing student population and an aging facility.

The $58.5 million school now being built next door, will provide the long-term solution residents have been looking for.

The school is in the final stretch of construction and will be substantially complete by March. Meanwhile, demolition plans are under way.

The units cannot stand by themselves, Estes said. The cost might be as little as whatever it would take to decommission and remove the units from the site, but that would still be tens of thousands of dollars, he said.

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