The Burlington Selectmen unanimously approved a plan to fund and the actual warrant article requesting funding for the Marshall Simonds renovation last night at the Selectmen’s meeting. The Town’s financial team deserves tremendous credit for working within the established bonding schedule to find room to fund the project. If ultimately approved by Town Meeting, the project could start next year.
Burlington’s share of the project will be approximately $10.5 million for a fully renovated and expanded middle school. There are currently over $14 million in improvements built into the school district’s 10-year capital plan that can be eliminated with the renovation. The $14 million in improvements does not provide any additional space – classrooms, library/media center, or technology.
The partially MSBA funded project adds needed classroom space, a new library/media center, and new technology by taking advantage of an approximate 56% reimbursement from the state. Essentially, the former Burlington High School opened in 1956 could have an expanded life for another 40 to 50 years.