After a quarter century without significant improvements, Somerville High Shool needs roughly $10 million worth of structural repairs, according to an independent report commissioned by the city.
Released today, the report by a private architectural firm details crumbling bricks around the main building's windows and at corners; cracked window sills in danger of falling off; and roof damage that needs patching.
The immediate repairs could cost between $337,000 and $509,000, according to the report by the Maguire Group, a Boston-based civil engineering and architectural firm. The price tag has led city leaders to study whether they should replace the entire structure, or go forward with repairing it, said Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone in a statement.
"While the current high school's structure remains one hundred percent safe for anyone who walks through its doors, this news of our high school's significant repair needs provides a useful context for a review of our longer-term options," Curtatone said. "It may be the case that an altogether new school building may be the best and most cost-effective option."
Students and teachers are in no danger from the exterior damage, he added. High School Headmaster Anthony Ciccariello will chair a task force to examine if the city can afford to build a new school, the mayor said.
Much of the other repairs, which the report said wouldn't be necessary for two to four years, include resealing all brick masonry; replacing windows; repairing curbs and ramps; and installing a new roof in parts the west and center wings.