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Medford moves forward with science lab overhaul

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 7, 2012 10:40 AM

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The Medford School Committee approved design plans for a $13.8 million renovation to high school science labs Thursday, Superintendent Roy Belson said.

"Hopefully, everything is in place," Belson said. "The school committee has endorsed it in its entirely."

As proposed, the plans call for the existing 17 science labs at the school to be demolished and replaced with modern facilities. The project is eligible for 60 percent reimbursement through a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

The plans were unanimously approved by the school committee, and they are expected to be considered by the City Council next week, Belson said. A bond to pay for the project is also before the City Council.

Demolition work is expected to begin at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, Belson said. Construction will continue into the 2013-2014 school year and is expected to be completed between January and April 2014, Belson said.

Medford High School was expected to go through the accreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges next school year, but the school department successfully petitioned to have the review postponed until 2014-2015, Belson said.

"That takes the pressure off having a visit while construction is underway," Belson said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.


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