The state has asked the Middleborough school district to conduct a feasibility study that will examine whether to renovate its high school or build a new one.
The current Middleborough High School, which was built in 1971, is outdated educationally and needs things such as new science labs, according to Superintendent Brian Lynch.
In addition, many of the basic building systems – including heating, plumbing, and the roof – are failing, he said.
Lynch said officials have focused on three alternative solutions: renovating and adding to the existing high school; tearing the building down and erecting a new school at the same site; or building a new school near the middle school.
The feasibility study, which is expected to last two years, will explore those options and others, estimate the costs of each, and lay out the pros and cons of the alternatives, Lynch said.
He said the local school building committee has “an open mind going into this process.
None of us have a predetermined notion of how this will turn out. It will depend on what’s doable and what the town can afford.”
Middleborough Town Meeting voted in October 2015 to spend up to $1.4 million on the feasibility study. Lynch said the Massachusetts School Building Authority will pay 56 percent of the cost.
Middleborough was one of six communities statewide the authority invited in November to do feasibility studies for projects it is likely to help finance.
Middleborough has about 3,120 students, with about 780 at the high school.