Cape Cod Tech Officials Discuss School Building Plan in Osterville

Cape Tech Superintendent Robert Sanborn discusses a school building project in Osterville

OSTERVILLE –With just over a month to go before voters decide on the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building proposal, school officials continue traveling across the district to meet with residents.

The Osterville Village Association held a community meeting on Tuesday night at the Osterville Public Library, which featured a presentation on the proposal from school superintendent Robert Sanborn.

On Wednesday, school officials are attending community meetings that are hosted by other groups, starting at 4 p.m. at the First District Court House, 6 p.m. at the Hyannis Public Library and Brewster Town Offices.

“These forums give a chance to see how the school building committee, 25 members, came to the conclusion that new construction made much more sense than reconstruction,” said Sanborn.

More are scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. in West Barnstable, two on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Mashpee and Centerville and September 28 at 2 p.m. in Chatham.

The school is also hosting their own regional information sessions throughout September and October with events at Cape Cod Tech, Mashpee Public Library, Eastham Library and Wellfleet Senior Center.

“We’re really hoping that people from Provincetown to Mashpee see the need for the construction and for 50 more years of vocational technical education in Harwich,” said Sanborn.

The cost for the proposed high school is over $127 million with the Massachusetts School Building Authority reimbursing about 32 percent of the project’s costs.

That leaves about $86 million to be paid for by the district’s 12 towns.

On Thursday, town clerks from across the Cape will be submitting their invoices to Cape Tech for the costs associated with having the vote on October 24.

Polls will be open from 12pm-8pm.

For the project to be successful, there has to be a majority vote among the district’s towns.

If approved, groundbreaking would start in the fall of 2019 with completion expected in the summer of 2021.

Towns are not expected to feel a financial impact until 2020.

If the project is voted down, school officials will then go back to see if they still have a partnership with the MSBA and re-check their educational plan.

That would include looking at programming and reducing options and ideas before another plan is developed.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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