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MA School Building Authority Approves New Taconic High School Concept


On Wednesday, the Massachusetts School Building Authority board unanimously approved the concept of a new vocational high school in Pittsfield, Mass. The project now enters the design phase.The proposed 247,770 square foot building would replace the 45-year-old Taconic High School on Valentine Rd. in Pittsfield. Combining vocational and general education programming, the newly-constructed building would serve 920 students grades 9 through 12.

Democratic State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield has been a long-time supporter of a new vocational school.

“In order to build the workforce that we need for these manufacturing jobs we need to have a well-trained workforce and the vocational school is a very big part of that,” said Farley-Bouvier.

The estimated cost is $115 million. The city would pay $40 million of that, with the state covering the rest. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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