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Special Meeting Called for Science Lab Bond Review

The school committee will meet Monday night to discuss the bond options.

The Medford School Committee will hold a special meeting Monday night to discuss three bond options for a multi-million overhaul to Medford High School's science labs.

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers to dicuss three bonding options ranging from $10 million to $13 million. One proposal offers eight new labs and nine renovated ones, another calls for the renovation of all 17 labs and the other calls for the renovation of the 17 labs, plus the addition of four new "prep" rooms. The plan that would create nine new labs is the most expensive.

Medford schools have been awarded a state grant that will reimburse the city for 60 percent of the cost of the improvements, but it calls for a rigorous timeframe to put the new labs in place, Superintendent Roy Belson previously said. The labs aim to be operation be the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The city council gave a partial endorsement Tuesday for the proposed bonds, though councilors said they did not want to choose a preference until the school committee weighed in.

“We’ve been told by the Mayor that this project has the support of the school committee,” Councilor Paul Camuso said. “But there’s a pretty big disparity (between options).”

MO August 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Funny how fast they can get themselves together when they want money. Only meeting they held all summer. No meeting for parents looking for answers regarding their children's futures. Are any current parent concerns even on the agenda? Pop your popcorn and watch them talk in circles. Taxpayers and parents take notes, elections next year!
MO August 14, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Good show put on for the Mayor to get his hands on that money he is so desperate for. The actions of the Mayor, Belson and the mayor’s mouthpieces Van Der Kloot, and Falco were more than transparent. The Mayor, aka Chairman of the School Committee, refused to entertain even one question regarding parent concerns when raised by Erin DiBenedetto. Erin appears to be the only member there for the right reasons. She asked all the right questions, and not one other member supported her. SHAMEFUL!
MO August 15, 2012 at 12:16 AM
How much did this study cost? How much better shape could we be in if the Mayor used all the money he spends on "studies" on maintaining our buildings and classrooms instead? Lots of people getting rich off of us while the citizens get taxed into bankruptcy.

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