After over forty years of use by public school students, the science labs at Medford High School are close to receiving a much-needed makeover. On Tuesday night the City Council delivered a crucial vote to move forward a project that would have the state picking up nearly 60% of a $13 million-plus tab for seventeen science labs. The plan would include two 1,440 square foot universal labs that could accommodate biology, chemistry, physics, and robotics lessons; eight new labs; nine renovated labs; a new roof and windows in the science area of the building; and science-specific technology. According to project planners the city would save $700,000 by receiving assistance by the state School Building Authority (SBA). Further approval is needed by the Council to authorize bonding, and Medford should know in early 2013 if the SBA will support the project.
Below, School Superintendent Roy Belson checks out Connor McGovern’s science project during last year’s science fair, which was held in the school’s aging lab space.