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Some AHS rebuild questions to ask

Here are some question to consider asking at tonight's Town Hall forum about rebuilding Arlington High School. It is not a definitive list. Members of the public are encouraged to ask their own questions:

-- By when must the high school rebuild take place to avoid losing accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges? Is this a firm date, or can it be negotiated? Explain your response.

-- What flexibility do town and school officials have with the process laid out by Mass. School Building Authority? Can it be negotiated?

-- If that process to secure state funding were to start over, estimate how long it would take for Arlington to be considered for the next round?

-- Can white columns in the front of AHS dating to the 1930s be incorporated into the final design? If so, how can that be done to avoid their appearing to be "pasted on" to a contemporary building?

-- The latest design moves green space elsewhere in the project other than along Mass. Ave. Is there a way to retain more green space along the avenue?

-- Would altering the design to retain the columns and current green space benefit future students educationally?

-- Do you expect that offices for town and school administrators and other non-high school-related functions to cost $90 million? If not, do you have a rough estimate of the costs for those facilities?

-- Could these functions be located at the Parmenter School or 23 Maple St. (next to the Senior Center)? If not, why not?

-- Is it practical to consider buying for this purpose the Atwood House (between CVS and the Baptist church), the mixed-use building at Schouler Court or the Germaine Lawrence property? If not, why not?

-- Would you expect the estimated project cost of $308 million to rise or come down? Explain. For example, Belmont voters face an override in November for a $295 million high school; earlier, the cost was estimated at $310 million.

These questions were published Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

What questions do you have about this project? Ask at the forum and ask them here, in the comment window below. You must provide your full name.

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