Cape Tech to Hold Information Sessions on New School Proposal

A rendering of a proposed new building for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.

HARWICH – Cape Cod Regional Technical High School officials will host seven information sessions over the next month to educate voters about their plan for a new school building.

Superintendent Robert Sanborn says they will travel across the Cape to present plans for the $127 million facility leading up to a districtwide vote on October 24.

“Eighty-six million of that would be spread across the 12 towns by enrollment percentage if this vote were to go through,” Sanborn said.

The remaining amount would be funded through the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

“Obviously this is not an everyday expenditure that our district is used to,” Sanborn said. “It’s been a four or five year process of apprising local officials about this and now it’s time to bring it to the voters.”

The current building was constructed over 40 years ago and has outlived its usefulness.

“It’s a beautiful building and it’s been well kept over 43 years,” Sanborn said. “The original design and the building envelop and the demands of 21st century education have made the building, unfortunately, [obsolete].”

Sanborn said the costs for a new building compared to renovations is virtually the same.

“There would be a tremendous amount of unknowns in a reconstruction, as well, because there is a lot of code compliance and ADA compliance issues that would need to be remedied with this facility as well,” Sanborn said.

The first school information session is Wednesday at the Hyannis Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m.

Residents in the district, which includes the towns of Barnstable, Mashpee, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, can find more information about the proposed plans at

Remaining sessions will be held September 13 at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich from 6 to 7 p.m., September 26 at the Mashpee Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m., October 3 at the Eastham Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., October 5 at Bridgewater State University’s Yarmouth campus MacArthur Building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., October 10 at the Wellfleet Senior Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and October 11 at Cape Cod Tech from 6 to 7 p.m.

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