HOLDEN, Mass. — Should Holden renovate and add to Mountview Middle School, build a new school on the existing site or construct one on Malden Street? Those are the options the Mountview School Building Committee is weighing.
The committee will make its final decision at its Sept. 11 meeting at the Holden Municipal Light Department.
If the option were to renovate the building, the plan is to construct a 53,000-square-foot addition behind the school. Cost estimates range from $51 million to $54 million, which would include the costs of remediating hazardous materials and providing temporary classrooms. The town's share would be $24 million to $25 million, with the average cost per household of about $229 to $238.
This is the lowest cost option but would have the highest impact on students and would require modular classrooms on site, according to Vice Chairman David White. An addition/renovation could take 36 to 42 months to complete, but the new building options are expected to take 30 months to complete.
Another option is a new 128,000-square-foot building on town-owned land on Malden Street, behind Mayo Elementary School. The most costly option would come in at $59 million to $62 million, which would not include the cost of remediating hazardous materials or demolishing Mountview. The town's share would be $28 million to $29 million, with an annual cost per household of $267 to $276.
This would have no impact on students, would have a shorter construction timeline than a renovation and would preserve the Mountview building and site for other town uses.
In the last option, a 128,000-square-foot school would be constructed on Shrewsbury Street behind the existing building. This option would make the remediation of hazardous materials and demolition of Mountview reimbursable.
The total cost would be $56 million to $58 million. The town's share would be $26 million to $27 million, with the annual cost per average household at $248 to $257.
Although less intrusive than a renovation, this option would still have some impact on students, would take away the school's playing fields and construction would have to work around school operations.
Next spring, Holden voters will decide whether to move forward with the project, with more than 50 percent of the cost to be picked up by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
A video tour of Mountview Middle School is available online to see the issues in the aging building.