Integration of Disciplines to Shape Future of Cape Cod Tech

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich

HARWICH – The future of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School will be shaped around the integration of technical and academic disciplines.

That was the consensus of dozens of staff, employees and educational leaders who gathered last month for three visioning sessions which will help shape design plans for a new school or renovations.

“We are going to be looking to put [the disciplines] into academies into similarities in the technical areas and then also integrate the core academic subjects around them – meaning physically around them, near them,” said Cape Cod Tech Superintendent Robert Sanborn.

Sanborn said the current school in Harwich, which opened in 1973, currently separates the technical facilities from the academic classrooms.

“The best way to learn is to integrate subjects,” Sanborn said.

An example of this would be how mathematics is used in the automotive field.

“Obviously, in a renovation that is going to be more difficult,” Sanborn said. “Our disciplines right now are very segmented around our current facility, but they will also try to accomplish that in a renovation or a new school proposal.”

Architects, who also attended the visioning sessions, will now develop several solutions for building upgrades by early next year.

“The Massachusetts School Building Authority requires that a new facility be one of those options,” Sanborn said. “They also require a very bare bones, fix everything that’s broken type of proposal as well, and then several renovation options which may or may not include an addition.”

Sanborn expects those proposals to be completed by the late winter or early spring in 2017.

The next step would them be to select a proposal.

“We have to decide, our school building committee along with our school committee, which solution we think is best for the district and then they go back and price it more thoroughly,” Sanborn said. “The public is going to hear several different numbers in the early stages of this.”

Once a preferred solution is chosen and is approved by the MSBA, it will go before a vote of the school’s member towns on October 24, 2017.

The areas of study at the school include auto collision, auto technology, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, dental assisting, electrical, engineering technology, graphic arts or design and visual communication, health technologies, horticulture, heating ventilation and air conditioning, information technologies, marine services and plumbing.

A feasibility study will be conducted and school building officials will determine the course forward after that.

Sanborn said the project is still in the feasibility and schematic design phase. An owner’s project manager and architect have been brought on to the project which includes a 25-member school building committee.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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