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Monday, January 8, 2007

Keynote speaker: Newton North a real fixer-upper

The city wants to replace the old new Newton North High (shown at right in this 1973 photo next to the old old Newton North) with a new new Newton North. But some people say it would be cheaper to make the old new Newton North like new rather than build a new new Newton North. Got it?
(Globe Archive photo)


In yet another presentation of possible alternatives to the city's $141 million plan for a new Newton North High School, the Newton Taxpayers Association will hold a forum tonight at 7 p.m. at the Newton Free Library.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Mark Sangiolo, an architect, who will discuss his ideas for renovating the existing building while solving some of its persistent problems.

Sangiolo will show drawings of his conception of a new entrance, glass-walled atriums that would bring natural light into every classroom, a new science wing, and a new heating and air conditioning system, association president Jeffrey Seideman said.

Supporters of Sangiolo's renovation play say it would cost $60 million less than the projected cost of a new building.

Tomorrow night, in another forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Seideman will debate Sandy Pooler, the city’s chief administrative officer, over the financing plan for the new school.

That forum will take place at 7:30 pm in the Newton North auditorium.

-- Connie Paige

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