Town Meeting to decide next step with high school

Eligible Sharon residents will have an opportunity soon to vote on whether to spend money to determine what to do with the outdated Sharon High School.

The school is overcrowded, has outdated plumbing and electrical systems, and is not accessible to people of all abilities, according to a 2013 study. A proposal before the Nov. 6 special Town Meeting calls for spending money to determine whether the school should be renovated or whether a new building is needed.

Voters will be asked to appropriate $1.9 million to fund a feasibility study, schematic design, and cost estimates. The town expects a reimbursement rate of 40 or 45 percent by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.


If the town moves ahead with a building or renovation project, funding for construction will require future votes.

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The design for school improvements and construction of a new town hall, another item on the Town Meeting warrant, will not require a debt exclusion override and will not raise property taxes, according to the town Finance Committee.

The meeting agenda also includes a proposed ban on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana until June 30, as well as zoning changes that would allow a mixed-use development in a business district.

The special Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Sharon High School, 181 Pond St.

Prior to the Town Meeting, an informal discussion of articles on the warrant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Sharon Community Center, 219 Massapoag Ave.

Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.