In July of 2016 the Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) voted to invite the Central Berkshire Regional School District into the Eligibility Period for a school building project to renovate or replace Wahconah Regional High School. The first phase of the project is the Eligibility Phase which concludes June 1, 2017. During this phase the district will vote to fund a Feasibility Study that will recommend a long term solution for the school building. If the Feasibility Study is approved when the vote in the towns takes place in the spring, MSBA will provide a substantial percentage of the funding.
The School Building Committee has continued to meet regularly. The focus of the SBC has been on recommending the language of the vote for the feasibility study as well as getting information about the upcoming vote to the constituents of the seven member towns. The language as recommended was agreed to in a vote taken by the CBRSD School Committee on January 26th. The recommendation to School Committee on the language for the feasibility study was determined by considering three main questions:
- What grade span to study? It has been determined the vote will be to study a 9-12 building.
- What type of building project to study; renovation or rebuild? It has been determined the feasibility study being voted on will look at both options.
- Cost of the Feasibility Study? The Feasibility Study being voted on is estimated to cost $850,000 of which a percentage (50-54%) will be reimbursed by MSBA.
The vote for the Feasibility Study will be done by popular vote, requiring a favorable vote from the majority of voters from all seven towns to pass. The votes will take place in each of the seven towns on. Saturday, April 8, 2017 (see below for locations). The estimated impact of the cost of the Feasibility Study to individual taxpayers can be found on the district website.
More information regarding the project can be found at these community driven sites: