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Officials from both towns discuss MRHS project

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

WILBRAHAM Last week town officials came together to discuss the future of Minnechaug Regional High School (MRHS).

Kevin Moriarty and David Barry of the Wilbraham Board of Selectmen met with the Hampden Board of Selectman, the MRHS Building Committee and members of the School Committee in the media room at MRHS.

Scott Chapman, chair of the School Committee, told Reminder Publications that he thought it was important to put the meeting together.

"I think we need to incorporate the Select Board from each town and I want to keep them advised with the project and where it stands," Chapman explained.

He added that funding issues were mostly discussed.

With July 2007 as the earliest date the state will accept school building project plans, Chapman said the officials needed to work on getting a "detailed package" together for then.

Initial preparation costs could run between $600,000 and $1 million, but Chapman said those costs will be "folded into the big project figure, and 54-57 percent will be reimbursable."

Over all, Chapman said the meeting was successful.

"There was good dialogue for people to hear and Superintendent [Paul Gagliarducci] did the overall presentation. I'm glad we did it. I want to do it again all through the project," Chapman added.