Seven new Mass. high schools boost tech use for learning and security

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Parents, educators, and taxpayers throughout Boston’s suburbs are betting that $100 million will help their children enter a competitive college or succeed in today’s cutthroat job market.

That’s about the average cost of the seven new or renovated high schools opening in the suburbs at the start of the academic year in late August and early September. They are replacing aging structures dating from the 1970s or earlier that were at the end of their useful lives.

“We’re really cleaning up a lot of the old schools,” said Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or MSBA, which provided more than $380 million — around 60 percent of the total cost — for high school construction in Danvers, Dracut, Duxbury, Franklin, Marshfield, Methuen, and Walpole.

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