CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The former Chicopee High School building will be renovated and re-opened as a middle school in September of next year. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the Front Street building on Tuesday. Once the renovations are complete, students who were to attend the Fairview Middle School will instead attend classes there.
Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, told 22News the technology in the school will be as if it were new. “We explore renovation, we explore new buildings, and if the numbers are close, then we can make a decision. That’s what happened here. The numbers were close, and there was an appetite to save the school,” McCarthy said.
Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege told 22News that this will allow students to stay in their neighborhood from kindergarten through graduation. “As we started to think about what the best uses were for this building, things were talked about: a senior center, police station, all kinds of things, but it was always my feeling that the best use was to keep it as a school,” Rege said.
The school will be for students in grades 6-8. Students in the Selser School will move to Fairview, which will become an Elementary School. The alternative school will move to Selser.
McCarthy says that we pay for these school renovations through our sales tax. One cent of the state’s 6.25% tax goes toward paying for these school projects.