The Town Council approved an appropriation of $160,000 for a feasibility study and securing a project manager for potential renovations to Winthrop High School.
With Winthrop High Schoolâ€™s accreditation process set for 2010, school officials will likely be called upon to make renovations to the 44-year-old school facility.
Town Councillor James Letterie said the monetary figure [$160,000] is supposed to be 1.5 per cent of the total projected cost of the project.
â€œThe MSBA [Massachusetts School Building Authority] has come in and done their scope and they say itâ€™s potentially a $26 million project to do all the enhancements that they think could be addressed,â€ said Letterie.
The MSBA report is extensive and lists such areas for renovation as science labs, the lounge area, restrooms, and even Miller Field.
â€œIf you want to get Winthrop High School to the point, where the MSBA thinks itâ€™s state of the art, it would be $26.4 million,â€ said Letterie.
One area that has been cited in the past for renovation is facilities to make Winthrop High School more accessible for physically challenged individuals. â€œThat [accessibility] project would cost $4.6 million,â€ said Letterie.
The councillor said Winthrop will have to make a financial commitment for renovations in order for the high school to receive accreditation.
Letterie said 50-55 per cent of the renovation project would be funded by the state.