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Granby special Town Meeting to consider money for West Street School study

GRANBY — Voters at a special Town Meeting Monday will be asked to approve $800,000 to study the future of the 72-year-old West Street School.

Students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 attend the West Street School.

A grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority would reduce the town’s share of the study’s cost to $343,000 or less, said Mark Bail, a Select Board member and chairman of the School Building Committee.

The study would not take place without state reimbursement, Bail added.

The building at 14 West St. has structural problems including a failing septic system, as well as windows and heating and ventilation systems that need of replacement, Bail said.

The study to begin in early 2014 and last for about six months would be conducted by an architectural firm and project manager approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Due to updated building codes that would raise the costs of renovations, Bail said he expects it would be more cost-effective to construct a new building rather than attempt repairs on the current one.

“We’re definitely looking to keep the project as inexpensive and affordable as possible,” Bail said.

One possibility would be to construct an addition to the East Meadow School, the town’s other elementary school at 393 East State St., Bail said. This project would require town approval.

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