New school takes step

Plans for a new high school got an important boost late last month when the Massachusetts School Building Authority extended an invitation to the Stoughton public schools to enter the authority’s eligibility period. If successful, the town could eventually receive tens of millions of dollars in state aid, as well as expertise in renovating the existing Stoughton High or constructing a new one. The town’s legislative delegation — state representatives William C. Galvin and Louis L. Kafka, and state Senator Brian A. Joyce — announced the news at a School Committee meeting on Jan. 28. School officials cautioned that the invitation does not guarantee the project will be accepted for funding. “There is a long road of hard work ahead of us to bring this project to a successful conclusion,” said Superintendent of Schools Marguerite Rizzi. “Let us begin.’’