Whitman-Hanson moves a step closer to building a new elementary school

The Whitman-Hanson Regional School District moved one step closer to building a new elementary school Wednesday after the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the project for the preferred schematic design phase.

The project calls for replacing the Maquan Elementary School and Indian Head Elementary School with a new elementary school on the Indian Head site.

The district will now work with the MSBA on a detailed design of the potential new school that would serve students from pre-kindergarten through grade 5.

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The MSBA also approved the schematic design and funding for a boiler replacement project at the William Seach Primary School in Weymouth. The district is eligible to receive reimbursement from the MSBA for 54 percent of eligible expenses with a maximum grant of $286,053. The total cost of the project is $549,796.

One of the next steps is for the district and the MSBA to enter into a project funding agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget. The Seach School was built in 1959 and serves 359 students from kindergarten through grade 4.

The MSBA also invited Holbrook to conduct a feasibility study for the Holbrook Junior-Senior High School.