Last month, the Nauset High School Building Committee (NHSBC) voted to submit their project proposal for the high school renovation to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). As currently proposed, the project is estimated to cost approximately $132M. Assuming that the project is approved as designed and that the MSBA covers $37M of these costs as expected, the total projected cost to the four towns would be slightly below $95M. For this fiscal year, based on current student enrollment figures, Brewster is responsible for just over 48% of Nauset Regional District capital costs, which are adjusted on an annual basis. The NHSBC expects to receive formal notification on their proposal from the MSBA by mid-February.
The Nauset Regional School Committee (NRSC) recently voted to bring this proposed project to Town Meeting in each of the four member communities this coming spring. The debt exclusion will also be placed on the ballot in all four towns. A simple majority vote is required in each of these eight (8) instances for the high school project to be approved. The NRSC will vote on the term of the debt issuance for this project (ie. 20, 25, or 30 years) in mid-February as well.
The Brewster Select Board and Finance Committee have held numerous meetings on this important project over the past several months. On Wednesday January 29 at 6PM, the Finance Committee is holding an informational forum at Town Hall where members of the NHSBC will answer questions about the project. Residents are welcome to attend and participate. The Select Board will also have the NHSBC at their Monday February 3 meeting to provide a status update. Additional outreach sessions will be held in the lead up to this spring’s Town Meeting and ballot vote.