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Get a Glimpse of the New Higgins Middle School

An informational meeting on Wednesday will provide information on the project, such as updated school drawings, early site preparation work plan and schedule and anticipated transportation patterns.

An artist rendering of the new J. Henry Higgins Middle School. Photo credit: City of Peabody.
An artist rendering of the new J. Henry Higgins Middle School. Photo credit: City of Peabody.

Peabody is going to get to get a closer look of the new J. Henry Higgins Middle School during an informational meeting on Wednesday night.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt and the School Building Committee will provide information on the project, such as updated school drawings, early site preparation work plan and schedule and anticipated transportation patterns.

They will also allow the public to ask questions and provide feedback.

The Peabody City Council last year approved a $92.6 million bond to build the new Higgins Middle School. Bettencourt and other local officials said last year that the city will likely only spend about $50 million of that amount, but the Massachusetts School Building Authority requires the full project amount to be authorized. The MSBA is paying up to $43.7 million for the project.

Peabody is building a new Higgins because the existing school is “in serious need of major structural repairs and other capital improvements to protect the long-term operational efficiency of the building, serve the educational requirements of the middle school program and bring life safety standards up to code of the students, faculty, staff and visitors,” according to the building committee. 

You can find more information about the project here.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Walter A. “Buddy” Roche Auditorium at the middle school.

DEBBIE February 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM
It is beautiful. I am assuming the different buildings in the front are the auditorium, cafeteria, library, gym, etc..... The only problem I have is what took so long to build this school? Look at the photos further on the article or drive by the school that now stands on King Street/Allens Lane and it is despicable. Nothing less than a dump. This should of been done within the past two administrations. Jeez, how about our kids, don't they count?
Karl February 25, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Ever hear of a down economy, Debbie? They built 2 new elementary schools during that time. Stuff costs money and lots of it. Hopefully they will take better care of this one than the existing one.
Kathleen April 03, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Karl, Debbie is right. This facility is way overdue. The city missed the boat. Should have built it years ago when costs were lower and state reimbursements were a lot higher. How did all of the surrounding communities like Danvers, Beverly, Ipswich, Lynnfield, etc. manage to get it done in a down economy? If the city had built a new middle school or renovated it along with the two new elementary schools the combined costs would have qualified for a higher reimbursement rate from the state. This project is long overdue and actually should have taken precedence over the building of two elementary schools. It's the largest middle school in the state.

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