Community Forum to be Held on Watertown High School Project This Week

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Ai3 Architects An illustration of what the outside of the new Watertown High School will look like.

A Community Forum to discuss the Watertown High School project will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom, and will also be broadcast on Watertown Cable. The forum is the ninth one focused on the new WHS, according to the announcement from the School Building Committee.

The most recent plan, which would cost an estimated $198 million, calls for the old school to be torn down and the new one constructed on the same site. The new school will have space for the current academic program, and will also include space for the Career and Technical Education programs in Engineering Technology and Medical Assisting.

A parking garage will be built on the bottom floor, and the school is planned to be zero net energy (so it will produce enough electricity through solar panels and other ways to cover the amount used by the school).

While the school is being constructed, students will attend classes at a temporary high school built on Moxley Field (near Watertown Middle School).

The agenda for Wednesday’s forum includes an update on the design, a review of the final traffic study of the new high school and the temporary school at Moxley field, discussion of the project schedule, and a question and answer period.

School officials plan to present the project for final approval from the Massachusetts School Building Authority board on March 2.

The presentation for the forum will be posted to the Watertown Building for the Future site (click here) prior to the meeting to allow the Community to review it in advance or use it to follow along.

Here is the link to all agendas and presentations organized by date:
https://www.watertown.k12.ma.us/cms/one.aspx?portalid=190103&pageid=24094474

See how to participate and tune into the Community Forum below.

Link to the Zoom webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86932730605

Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253
215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 869 3273 0605

iPhone one-tap:

US: +19292056099,,86932730605# or +13017158592,,86932730605#

Watertown Cable will broadcast the forum on the Education Channel (Comcast Channel 8, RCN Channel 15) or on the WCA-TV website.

2 thoughts on “Community Forum to be Held on Watertown High School Project This Week

  1. Will the phone numbers to call into this meeting work? They weren’t working for the Council meeting last week on the topic of the Proposed Regulations for Short-Term Rentals in Watertown. Many comments weren’t heard because people couldn’t get through to voice their opposition to the Airbnb (aka Short-Term Rentals) that are currently going on in the City illegally and future ones. If the phones don’t work, then people are not being allowed to be part of the legislative process and other issues.

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