New windows, doors being installed at AHS

  • The installation of new windows and doors at Athol High School is expected to be completed prior to the opening for the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

  • Athol High School, rear section. —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

Published: 8/16/2019 9:40:22 PM

ATHOL — With classes commencing Wednesday, Aug. 28 for the 2019-2020 school year, Athol High School is under the gun to complete renovations to the school building, as seen Friday morning. Robert Rouleau, Director of Facilities and Transportation, said the work is expected to be completed in time by the Lockheed Windows of Rhode Island.

The new roof is on and an energy-efficient oil boiler has been installed. Rouleau said two new oil boilers have replaced the “1956 monstrosity” that was used prior.

The town approved the borrowing of $10,016,786 to replace the Athol High School’s roof, boiler, windows and doors at a special town meeting in March of 2018. The measure passed by the required ⅔ vote, 140 to 3, (96 votes were needed).

The high school was built in 1958, and it is expected that with the completion of renovations, the life of the school may be extended another 20 years or more.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority approved a grant to the town in the amount of $7,614,398 (79.58 percent reimbursement of the total project cost). The town of Athol is responsible for $2,270,257 and Royalston will pay $132,131.

The estimated impact on the FY18 tax rate.29 cents per $1,000 valuation ($42.72 on the average single family home tax bill), assuming a 20-year borrowing at 4.5 percent.

Rouleau said that with the completion of the renovations, “the district is in pretty good shape. The Athol Community Elementary School is new, the middle school is only 20 years old and the Royalston Community School is 24 years old.”


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