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School Building Authority To Vote On $121M Taconic HS Funding

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Jim Levulis
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WAMC

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is scheduled to vote on funding for a new Taconic High School in Pittsfield during its monthly meeting in Boston Wednesday.  The meeting begins at 10 a.m. In April the Pittsfield City Council approved borrowing $121 million to build a three-story, vocational-focused school on Valentine Road. It would replace the nearly 50-year-old Taconic High School. Up for a vote Wednesday is the state’s reimbursement of 65 percent of the cost. If approved the city of Pittsfield would pay about $40 million, according to Mayor Dan Bianchi.

“It will be the best pathway to the middle class for many of the children who come from our economically-challenged families,” said Bianchi prior to the city council’s vote in April.

If approved, construction work is expected to start next spring with the school opening for the 2018-2019 school year.

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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