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State OKs combined school concept


Southbridge, Sturbridge among projects to win MSBA nod


September 30, 2009
BOSTON — Southbridge got a unanimous 'yes' vote Wednesday morning to design a combined middle-high school off Torrey Road.

Also approved in our area were Sturbridge's Burgess Elementary School, Webster's Park Avenue Elementary School, Spencer's Prouty High School and Grafton High School. They were among 40 schools with some kind of project addressed at the monthly Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) board meeting — but were not all at the same stage of MSBA's process.

"We're all happy about what we heard today," said Scott Lazo, chairman of the school building committee. "That's what's so important about today — knowing what they're building. Saying we can have a middle-high school is real big."

Local officials have advocated for such a combination for months, on the grounds that the current high school is literally falling apart while the middle school has no space for athletic fields or any other expansion because of its location.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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