Voters at Carlisle's Special Town Meeting last night voted in favor of the proposed Concord-Carlisle Regional High School building project, 494-14.
The $92.5 million building project still has to be approved by ballot vote in both Concord and Carlisle on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
CCHS senior and student representative on the Building Committee Benjamin Rizkin said when he first became involved in the process a year ago, he was not sure just what was the best solution for the district to fix all of the problems that plague the current high school.
"At first, I wasn't originally convinced we needed to do it," Rizkin said.
What changed his mind was the price tag on the project. With a no-build option estimated at $70 million, and other hybrid options estimated in the mid $90 million range, the $92.5 complete rebuild — with $28 million thrown in from the Massachusetts School Building Authority — Rizkin said, is just the cheapest option for both towns.
"It's going to cost more to renovate," Rizkin said.
Even though both towns are required to approve the full borrowing amount of $92.5 million, with the state contribution, Concord is responsible for $47.1 million and Carlisle for $17.4 million, based on a 73-27 percent split.
Rizkin said he initially got involved with the Building Committee by attending a public forum to ask questions about the financial impact of the project. Now, a year later, the CCHS senior said he is confident after seeing the numbers at both town meetings, that next Tuesday will result in the final necessary approvals.
"I feel we won't have any problems at the polls," Rizkin said. "This is good for the community."