School Building Committee Update

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 I want to emphasize that the problems stem from the building being outdated.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 were completed.

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:





























Deborah J. Sovinee March 31, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Don't forget this deadline coming up soon!
Stephen Prone April 07, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Debra, I would be remiss if I didn't mention your work in moving the new High School forward. In my short 16 years in the town it is by far the most important single event that has occurred. The outcome of which will determine whether the town for the next 30 years will attract a higher tax base and if our real estate values and revenue stream will follow towards Sharon, Easton (up), or towards Brockton, Randolph (down). I have in my own small way tried to help the schools and town, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. It has always surprised me the amount of invective directed at so many of our both elected and volunteer community members. I can personally attest to that. The end result of all this effort is I'll just say, well done is better than well said.


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