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Ballot Question 5 Update (Nov. 9, 2016)

On Nov. 8, 2016, residents of the City of Somerville voted on Question 5, which sought approval to allow the City to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond(s)c issued in order to design, engineer, construct, and equip the new Somerville High School. The ballot measure passed, with ‘Yes’ votes accounting for 72% of responses. View the full unofficial totals here.

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Help us build a better Somerville High School.

The City of Somerville has been accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MBSA) grant program for school building construction and renovation projects. The Somerville High School Building Committee is now investigating options for the renovation or replacement of the current High School Building. The City, along with its residents, consultants and project managers, is working to identify the most educationally appropriate and cost effective path forward.
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Above: View a flyover rendering of the proposed Somerville High School redesign plans.
Why do we need a new High School in Somerville?
The school’s accreditation could be at stake
At its most recent review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), it was stated that progress toward renovation or construction was expected by the next meeting or the School’s accreditation will be in jeopardy. A high school that loses accreditation would impact students applying for college acceptance and possibly employment.
Building condition and structural issues
The building’s exterior is failing and the overall building and systems are in poor condition. Aging systems in the current building result in significantly higher maintenance and operating costs.
High energy consumption
Energy consumption in the existing building is exorbitant. The steam heating system is antiquated and inefficient resulting in inadequate ability to regulate classroom temperatures. The building lacks proper insulation in the walls and roof, windows are single pane and inadequate to keep heat in the building.

Research & Development Process

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Contact us:
shsfuture@somervillema.gov