Cape Cod Tech Superintendent To Update Barnstable Town Council on New School Plans

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich

HYANNIS –The superintendent of Cape Cod Regional Technical School is meeting with Barnstable Town Councilors on Thursday night to discuss the proposed new $143 million school.

Robert Sanborn has been visiting with town officials across the Cape to update them on the status of the new school and how much it will affect the towns financially.

Each town’s shared costs are based on how many students from each town attend the school.

Barnstable, which has the most students at 173, is looking at paying 28 percent of the $98.7 million cost that will be shared by the 12 district towns.

“We would have to cut $1.8 million from the budget or we would have to go out to the voters and the voters would have to agree this would voted as some sort of two and a half override sort of scenario that the voters would have to approve,” said Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells.

The MSBA is expected to cover 30 percent of the project’s costs.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) gave its final approval for the new school last month, allowing plans to go into the schematic design phase.

Voters in the district will have the final say on the project with a vote on October 24.

“If it gets voted in the affirmative, we’re going to be looking at cuts to our programs and services in town,” said Ells. “A $1.8 million increase to our budget translates directly to programs and services.”

The Town of Mashpee is contemplating pulling out of the district, saying their share of the costs would be too high.

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