On October 29th, 2011 the citizens of Duxbury, Massachusetts voted on a proposed new school plan. The plan passed with 955 votes to 209 votes. The new school project is estimated to be costing the town 128 million dollars. Citizens should expect a tax increase in 2014.
Duxbury Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Benedict Tantillo said, “The construction is on schedule. We will take possession of the new building on July 7th, 2014.” The new Middle and High school is scheduled to be finished in time for the 2014-2015 school year. Dr. Tantillo said, once everything is moved out of the old school buildings “the middle school will be demolished first, and then the high school.”
In one section of the school Dr. Tantillo said, “The interior work has already started, they are already painting classrooms, they are very methodical in their way of constructing.” The way they work on the school Dr. Tantillo said, “They start on one side of the exterior, then move onto the interior. The entire exterior should be complete by Thanksgiving this year.”
The classrooms will be filled with entirely new desks and tables said Dr. Tantillo. This is very exciting news to the students because the amenities in the current school are “very uncomfortable and run down” said Junior Sophie Gino. The classrooms in the new building will be 750 square feet.
The new school will contain a cooling system. It will remove humidity from the air and make the atmosphere in the classroom cooler. Also the internet connection in the new school will “be triple pipeline feed” said Tantillo, which means that the connection will be three times faster.
No date is set for the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year so far, but administrators will know as we come closer to 2014.