For more than 3 years the Stoughton School Committee and
supporters across town have been working to address the deficiencies of our
high school. This effort accelerated with the high school being placed on
Warning Status for Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and
Colleges (NEASC). The School District is required to send regular
reports to NEASC informing them of what we are doing to address the
deficiencies. I want to emphasize that the problems stem from the building
being outdated. Curriculum
requirements, state mandates and educational and facility needs have all
changed drastically in the last 50-90 years when the buildings and additions
Here is the full presentation by the Feasibility Committee to the 2012 Town Meeting, which explains some of the issues and what a formal Feasibility Study would entail:
The presentations also give some of the history of how we got here.
One of the next steps to completing our prerequisites for obtaining funding to rebuild Stoughton High School is the appointment of a School Building Committee. This has to be completed and submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by April 3.
MSBA School Building Committee form with list of specifications:
On Tuesday, March 4, the Board of Selectmen – the chief executive authority by Town Charter – met and delegated appointment to the town manager. Citizens with architecture, engineering or construction experience, particularly experience with (M.G.L. Chapter 149) public building construction should send a letter and résumé to:
Michael J. Hartman, Town Manager
Town of Stoughton
10 Pearl Street
Stoughton, MA 02072
Some of the members will be voting and some will not. The Board of Selectmen voted for a School Building Committee membership of 11, with 7 voting members. The MSBA requires the Building Committee to explore a minimum of 3 options when that phase of the project begins. These may be a mix of renovations, additions, or a new building. Meetings will be open to the public, and there will be community forums.
The Stoughton Public Schools is setting up a school building web page to keep everyone informed about meetings, timetables and project updates.
Here are a few web pages on building projects in other towns: