The Aug. 29 vote for the preferred new school plan did not include the design or location of the building, which will be decided later and is scheduled to be presented to the state Feb. 27. The final scope and budget for the new school must be presented to the School Building Authority by April 2, according to a schedule for major decisions in the project.
Councilors said it's unclear to them how much the city is going to have to pay for the new school. School officials have said the state is expected to pay 68 to 72 percent of the cost, but School Committee member Scott Wood said the "effective" reimbursement rate is actually closer to 60 percent, because some costs associated with the project are not reimbursable. That's why the city is now projected to pay $24 million for a $61.5 million school, Wood said.