East Longmeadow High School requesting new building

Hampden County

State legislators and members of the Massachusetts School Building Authority toured East Longmeadow High School Friday morning.

East Longmeadow H.S. is 50 years old and has been requesting a new building for the past five years.

Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Ashe Puppolo gave treasurer Dan Goldberg and members of Massachusetts School Building Authority a tour of the high school Friday morning to show them the school’s current conditions.

A meeting with the school committee followed the tour.

The East Longmeadow superintendent said the meeting was a way for the school committee to ask questions about the process of getting a new school.

East Longmeadow High has to submit a statement showing interest by April 12.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority will then review the statement and decide whether the school will be renovated based on the level of urgency in the state.

President of East Longmeadow Town Council, Kathleen Hill, told 22News, “We hope our folks from Boston actually see what a paper pencil application can’t tell in living format we hope will be helpful to our furthering in the advance of the eligibility process.

Superintendent Gordon Smith said that last year 70 schools submitted interest statements for a new school but because of funding, only 12 schools were able to be helped.

The Massachusetts school building authority’s budget is based on the one percent sales tax of the state every year.

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