State agency reps to tour Shepherd Hill high school.
CHARLTON - Representatives of the state School Building Authority will tour Shepherd Hill Regional High School on Tuesday in the first phase of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District's application for consideration to renovate or replace the school built in 1973.
School Superintendent Sean M. Gilrein told the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee last night, "The representatives will conduct a two-hour walk through to get the general feeling for the school."
The School Committee in December voted to have Mr. Gilrein submit to the SBA a statement of need for Shepherd Hill, as well as for Charlton Elementary School.
Mr. Gilrein last night presented a letter he sent on Aug. 2 to the SBA. In part, the letter states, "I am notifying you that the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District has selected (the high school) as the number one priority" for improvement needs. The letter also states that Charlton Elementary School is the school district's second priority.
Mr. Gilrein said, "In response to that letter, I received an e-mail today from the SBA about their visit."
The statement of need for the high school, submitted to the SBA in December, states, "The existing facility does not meet current building code for seismic, electrical, energy conservation, elevator, handicap access and fire suppression-protection requirements."
The statement noted that the 34-year-old building's base systems "have reached the end of their useful life, are operating less efficiently each year, despite the concentration of time and money" supported by the School Committee.
Other problems cited at the high school are that inadequate storage space does not allow for safe chemical storage in the science and maintenance departments; the boiler/furnace stack shows considerable deterioration, and there are concerns that boiler exhaust does not safely disperse from the building; science labs are outmoded and inadequate; and the auditorium does not comply with handicapped access requirements.