Yes, constructing a new building is the right solution because it addresses all the problems of the current failing facility, is the most cost-effective option, minimizes disruption to students, and plans for future growth and educational trends.
The FHS Building Committee engaged in a competitive process lasting nine months in which two architects each developed three proposals including cost estimates: maintain the existing FHS facility, renovate the existing facility, or construct a new FHS facility. Using an evaluation matrix to assess each proposal on seven criteria, a new building as designed by architectural firm TSKP earned 27.6 points out of a possible 28, easily earning the top spot. (See the FHS Building Committee’s Recommendation Presentation.)
There are several reasons why the Committee chose a new building over the other two options. A new building:
- Fully addresses all the issues with the current facility identified in the Board of Education’s Statement of Needs
- Is the most cost-effective option
- Minimizes disruption to the students
- Reduces construction time, allowing more of the current student body to experience high school in the new facility
- Will accommodate future growth and infrastructure for updated technology
- Will provide the space to fully implement educational programming and enhance the curriculum
The Board of Education, the FHS Building Committee, and Town Council have voted unanimously. A new high school building is the best solution for our town.
See the FHS Building Committee’s FAQs for additional information.