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Early plan for new school unveiled

Preliminary plans discussed

Architect Charles Hays of Tappe Associates talks about how foot traffic will flow through the new school. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 18, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The School Building Committee last week got its first look at what the new middle/high school will look like as architect Charles Hay of Tappe Associates gave them a quick introduction to the schematic design.

"We think it's going to be pretty fantastic when it's done," Hay enthused. "We just have to roll up our sleeves and do it."

Still a work in progress, the preliminary plan calls for a three-story school with the middle school on one side, the high school on the other, and shared space — cafeteria, administration, theater, gym and library — in the middle and front section. Hays' plan calls for some of it to be open to the public while sealing off the classroom areas.

"While [the students] are in their academic environments, they're really in designated schools," Hays said. "…We're trying to create real sort-of communities on each side."

The 200,000-square-foot building will essentially straddle an existing hedgerow that divides two fields atop the hill on the Torrey Road site, with 225 spaces of parking to the north and playing fields to the east. Access will be from Torrey Road, with an emergency-only route going to the old town dump road to the west.

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

Janines Frostee
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