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City Approves $2.6 Million to Repair High School Auditorium and Cafeteria

The auditorium and cafeteria were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, and the school hasn't been able to use them since.

Credit: Patch.com
Credit: Patch.com
The Somerville Board of Aldermen Thursday night agreed to borrow $2.6 million to renovate the Somerville High School auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.

The bond will also pay for architectural and engineering services for the renovations.

The high school's auditorium and cafeteria were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, which hit Somerville in October of 2012.

The school has not been able to use the auditorium since then, according to The Piper, Somerville High School's student newspaper. Without a functioning kitchen, lunches have been prepared at the Winter Hill Community School and shipped to the high school every day, the newspaper said.


Paula Woolley January 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I'm glad that these repairs are finally moving ahead! Was anything said at the meeting about when the repairs will start and what the time table will be?
Joe Beckmann January 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM
How much did the former roof contractor's liability insurance contribute to this, or was...there...inadequate...insurance? If it is the latter, does the city have ANY coverage from that insurer? and is there ANY liability a contractor assumes? If either of these are "no," why does the city not hire workers directly and fix their own roof? And, while they're at it, why not fix the roof on the Library at the same time - it's the same neighborhood - and save us from a $45,000,000 expense of building a whole new building? And, finally, does fixing the roof and kitchen finally defer the discussion about building a new library, or is this Prospect Hill construction to go the way of repairing McGrath, just do knock it down in some near future??
Paula Woolley January 24, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Just to clarify -- the repairs are to more than just the roof; they have to replace or renovate the auditorium and kitchen due to the damage. I heard at an earlier School Comm. meeting that the insurance company won't pay to bring the electrical wiring up to code, so it seems the policy wasn't sufficient. The work definitely needs to be done now; the kids in the building are dealing with inadequate meals and a lack of space for the numerous activities and assemblies that were held in the auditorium. Building a new high school or renovating the entire existing one couldn't be done for many years, since the high school isn't even on a state list for funds yet. But there are many other problems with the building that need repair or renovation, so making these repairs shouldn't keep the school from eventually being renovated or replaced.

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