MSBA Reviewing Nauset High School Proposals

EASTHAM – The Massachusetts School Building Authority is reviewing six options for a new or renovated Nauset Regional High School in Eastham.

The school building authority selected the Nauset school district from several applicants for its reimbursement program, which could cover up to 40 percent of the project costs.

The Nauset Regional High School Building Committee voted last month to send the six options from about a dozen to the MSBA for review.

The options range from full renovation to complete demolition and construction. Costs for the options are between $50 million and $120 million.

The project is still in the feasibility study phase and an owner’s project manager has been in place for more than six months.

Superintendent Tom Conrad said a great deal of work has gone into the educational vision for the high school moving forward during a presentation to the Brewster Select Board.

“With the MSBA having our educational vision for this project going forward, we are anticipating meetings with them to begin to understand their issues, their concerns, what they like and what they don’t like.” Conrad said.

Architects and engineers have been working on inspecting the current structures to see if they can be renovated or not.

School officials have held public forums in each of the district communities to gather input from residents.

Conrad said public forums will continue along with tours of the current facility.

“We are fully aware of the potential dollars involved in a project like this and we need to make sure that we have given everyone the opportunity to be comfortable with knowing the facility and also understand the educational vision going forward,” Conrad said.

Many residents who have attended forums have expressed an interest in a proposal which would include a swimming pool.

Conrad said the MSBA will not consider a pool.

“It’s just off the table,” he said.

There is some interest from parent groups to raise money for a pool that would be added to the campus but not be owned by the Nauset school department.

Conrad said more than 50 percent of the people who attended the forums wanted a pool included.

The school district could be in a position to seek funding for the project at town meetings next spring.

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