By Bram Berkowitz
Posted Dec. 22, 2015 at 3:31 PM
Although still a long way to go, the odds of a new Belmont High School just got a whole lot better.
Belmont became just one of 26 towns Tuesday to be recommended to the Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors for funding for a new high school. With the decision, capital school-related requests from roughly 71 other communities were eliminated from the queue. In all, 97 communities submitted requests for core school building projects
“It’s a huge process we had,” said MSBA Spokesman Matt Donovan. “They looked at 50 different data points [for each prospect]. It was an exhaustive list. We are looking for the worst and most urgent.”
The MSBA’s board will meet on Jan. 27 to vote on whether to grant funding for a new Belmont High School and the 25 other projects up for consideration. Donovan told the Arlington Advocate Tuesday that the MSBA voted to fund 16 projects in 2015. He said each year, the MSBA has a specific cap that limits the amount of projects they can fund.
If the BHS project is selected at the Jan. 27 meeting, it will enter into a phase called the “Eligibility Period,” a 270-day period where town officials will work together to refine the project.
At the time the Citizen-Herald broke the news, initial requests for comment from various town officials had not been returned.
This is a developing story…