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Mount Greylock School Building Board Waiting On State
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Friday, March 30, 2012
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The building subcommittee did not have enough members on Thursday to hold a meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials are still waiting for an answer from the state School Building Authority about building a new Mount Greylock Regional High School.
 
At the School Committee meeting last week, Jack Hickey, chairman of the building subcommittee, said he has no idea if or when the state will respond to the school’s statement of interest. Hickey said the MSBA will contact the school via Superintendent of Schools Rose Ellis.
 
The subcommittee spent months updating the statement in hopes that the MSBA will approve reimbursing the district to build a new school at 54 percent.

A feasibility study was done in 2006 but the project hasn't gone forward. A review in February found the cost estimate for a new school had risen from $22 million to $28 million since.
 
With the statement of interest completed, the subcommittee is now unsure of its role. Hickey asked the School Committee for direction and said he was concerned that holding too many meetings when there are no tasks could “burn out” the volunteer committee members.
 
The School Committee tasked the subcommittee with further examining the costs of a renovation project, which the committee had previously determined was much more expensive than building new.
 
On Thursday, the subcommittee canceled its meeting after too few voting members attended. Without a quorum and ability to take actions, the subcommittee decided to go home instead of holding discussion.
 
The subcommittee meets monthly.
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