A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the brand new Monomoy Regional High School on Thursday, August 21 at 11 a.m. The event, which is open to the public, was announced by Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter this week.
According to the Monomoy Regional School District (MRSD), the state-of-the-art, energy efficient, 168,000 square feet building is well within the amended $59.4 M budget.
The design for the school was made using the MSBA "Model School" program. As part of the program, a current school's design, Ashland High School in this case, was adapted to fit the needs of MRSD. Adopting the model school program helped keep the project within budget, according to MRSD.
The architect was the Mount Vernon Group, the contractor was Fontaine Brothers and the project was managed by SKANSKA.
Throughout the school, tiny details, with big meaning have added to the purpose of the school. The paint and accent colors bear nautical names including Morning Fog, Commodore, Sharkskin and Seaport. Throughout the corridors, tiles resemble blue water and razor clam shells. According to MRSD, the blue wave pattern in the linoleum contains the dorsal fins of sharks--perfect for the school's mascot and logo.
The groundbreaking for the project was held on March 1, 2013. State Representative Sarah Peake was there as students representing each of the classes in the newly-formed district, toted buckets of soil from Harwich and Chatham to blended together as a symbol of community.
See a during-construction sneak peek tour here. The ribbon cutting will be followed by tours of the new school. See a floor plan of the school--which will house 700 students in grades 8 through 12--here. The first day back for staff is Tuesday, September 2 and the first day of school for students is Thursday, September 4.