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    Towns OK Blue Hills school renovations

    Plans for a $84.8 million renovation of Blue Hills Regional Technical High School will move forward now that all nine member communities have indicated support.

    At town meetings on Monday, voters in Westwood, Dedham, and Holbrook joined voters in Norwood, who met the week before, in saying “yes” to increasing what they pay to the regional school, located in Canton, to make the renovations a reality.

    The other five member towns -- Avon, Braintree, Canton, Milton, and Randolph -- indicated their support in previous weeks.


    The project had been in the works for six years as Blue Hills sought money from the state. The Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed in August to reimburse 55.89 percent of the project.

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    The plans call for new heating, electrical, and plumbing systems; security and public safety systems; new windows and athletic lockers; and improvements to the roof. Work is expected to begin in June.

    “We are excited and appreciative,” Superintendent-Director James P. Quaglia said in an e-mail.

    Jean Lang can be reached at