There have been three mayors, five superintendents, 30 city councilors, 20 School Committee members, 50 School Building Needs Commission member, three state treasurers, and three directors of the MSBA, involved in building a new high school over the last decade.
On Friday, that effort came to fruition as city and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Taconic High School. The $120.8 million project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The 90 percent design drawings have been submitted to the MSBA but architect Carl Franceschi says the design work is much closer to 100 percent.
"We are actually beyond 90 percent completion of the full document," Franceschi, of Drummey Rosane Anderson, said.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Taconic High School project is scheduled for Friday, May 13.
The 3 p.m. ceremony will celebrate the start of construction on the $120.8 million new school. J.H. Maxymillian Inc. has already been working on the site in part of a number of early bids released. Gilbane Construction is the construction manager at risk, and will be heading the project and managing the subcontracting.
The School Building Committee hopes to have an agreement signed for an owner's project manager by July 11.
The committee, meeting for the first time since it convened last October, were given an update on the progress toward a feasibility study that will guide decisions on renovating Clarksburg School or building new.
A group of volunteers labored for years to create a school building plan that passed muster with state officials and held the promise of state money to renovate an outdated and unsound high school building.
In the 11th hour, residents concerned about the potential impact on local taxes campaigned to block the plan, arguing that the school could be repaired more cheaply and the state would still help.
Two out of three Selectmen are opposing the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School project.
The Selectmen voiced their opinions on the $64.8 renovation and new construction project after some 900 voters responded to a poll with more respondents asking the board to oppose it rather than support it. A total of 894 voters responded to the survey and 435 urged the Selectmen to oppose it, 377 urged the board to support it, 80 said none of the above, and two people didn't answer the questio
If voters on March 1 in Williamstown and March 15 in Lanesborough pass debt exclusion votes to allow the district to borrow the $31 million to $35 million local share of thee $64.8 million project, the first phase of renovation could start this August.
The gymnasium at Colegrove Park Elementary School filled with a thunderous "Thank you" as more than 300 children voiced their appreciation of their new school.
The moment came at the bidding of Jack McCarthy, executive director of Massachusetts School Building Authority, as a way to recognize a community that had voted to raise taxes to provide them with a new school.
"It's because you deserve it, you deserve a 21st century education, you deserve to be competitive not just with the rest of