A task force has been formed by Somerville's mayor to help decide whether the city's high school should be renovated, according to an announcement from the City.
A recent study by The Maguire Group, an engineering firm hired by the city, found the building needed at least $10 million repairs. And that was before the building's auditorium was significantly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, a city spokesperson said.
The task force, led by former high school headmaster Tony Ciccariello, will convene in January. It is expected to review potential renovations and relocation sites for the school, then make a recommendation.
"We need to make decisions about near-term fixes in the context of a longer term strategy to provide high quality, cost-effective educational facilities," Mayor Joseph Curtatone said in a statement. "I am confident that the team we have assembled for this mission has the necessary expertise and I look forward to their recommendations."
The school has had no significant work done since 1986, when the technical wing and gymnasium were built, according to the announcement.
Other members of the task force include: Tom Bent, President, Bent Electric; Howard Horton President of the New England College of Business and Finance; Paul Bockelman, Chairman, Somerville School Committee; Alderman at Large Jack Connolly; newly-appointed City Capital Projects Manager Skip Bandini; City Engineer Rob King; Omar Boukili, Aide to the Mayor; and community representatives Judith Felix and Donna Haynes.
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