Stoneham High School is Getting a New Building

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Town Meeting Approves New Stoneham High School

The new Stoneham High School will be focused on providing flexible 21st century educational spaces with learning communities that promote interdisciplinary and project-based learning; on providing a long-term solution to the aging high school building; on engineering a school that is efficient and capable of operating at Zero Net Energy; on developing outdoor classrooms and gathering spaces for healthy connections to nature and athletics; and on mitigating as best possible the effects the project has on area traffic challenges.

“The new school will provide the students of Stoneham a vibrant and state of the art educational facility that will best support 21st Century learning,” says SHS Principal Bryan Lombardi. “The new Stoneham High School will provide students the relevant learning experiences, content and skill development to support their success in a competitive world of post-secondary education and career choices.”

The proposed complex will accomplish many of the stated goals, providing an auditorium large enough to house Town and Community meetings if needed, a modern central kitchen to provide meals for the elementary and high school programs and a space to host smaller events such as Stoneham High School’s highly successful National History Day project –all in a building designed to meet Zero Net Energy Goals using no fossil fuels, ageothermal heat exchange system and a focus on low carbon/material health, with an anticipated payback period of six to eight years. Rain Gardens placed along the entrance,will collect and screen rainwater which flows into the drainage system, providing an environmental benefit, as well as an educational opportunity for science classes. Learn more here.

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