Public Invited to Winchester High School Feasibility Study Update
The public can ask questions and discuss ideas at this meeting and online at www.winchesterhsproject.com.
Winchester residents are invited to hear the next steps in the Winchester High School Feasibility Study tonight from 7 to 9 in the high school auditorium.
PFA Co-Presidents Jody Collins Skinner and Audrey Loria said as town leaders move forward on the high school design discussions, continued community engagement and input is vital. They request residents to submit their ideas on the project website.
"We are very excited about the feasibility study moving forward," Skinner and Loria said.
Since last fall, the Town of Winchester has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a feasibility study of the existing Winchester High School.
After reviewing 12 alternate sites, the Educational Facilities Planning and Building Committee voted in July to focus exclusively on the Skillings site, including both the fields and current high school location, as the location for a new or renovated high school.
Cindy Bohne, member of the EFPBC and School Committee, said in a news release this study could result in a school facility that could serve a wide spectrum of community needs.
Bob Deering, chairman of the EFPBC, said the goals of the project are to create an asset that is representative of the community. The committee has been gathering feedback from residents and will continue to do so in the upcoming months.
“We are in the idea generation phase of the community use conversation,” Bohne said, “but very quickly, October at the latest, we will need to have a better idea of which ideas are financially feasible and how additional community use space might fit on an already constrained footprint.”
The EFPBC meets on the second and fourth Wednesday every month at Town Hall to discuss the high school project. These meetings as well as the School Committee and Selectmen meetings are open to the public, and subcommittee updates are posted on the project website after each meeting.