AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn students are invited to check out the 21 career programs at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School during an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
“A special invitation is extended to all middle school students and their parents to see firsthand how a technical education can be both academically and vocationally rewarding,” Superintendent-Director John Lafleche said in a written statement.
Parents and students are invited to explore 21 vocational areas and view the school’s academic curriculum. The school, at 57 Old Muggett Hill Road in Charlton, will open at 6:45 p.m., and formal classroom presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and will continue until 8:30.
Academic instructors will answer questions about Advanced Placement and Honors courses, as well as questions about high school graduation requirements and college and career pathways.
Students from Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, North Brookfield, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer and Webster can take courses in one of 21 vocational areas: automotive collision, automotive technology, cabinetmaking, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, drafting, electrical, electronics, facilities management, graphic communications, health assisting, HVAC, machine tool technology, marketing, masonry and tile setting, metal fabrication, business technology, plumbing, power equipment, programming and web development.
Last week, Auburn Middle School eighth-graders toured Bay Path.
In October’s special election, voters from the 10 Bay Path towns approved $73.8 million for renovations and additions to the school.
The total project cost is projected at $73.8 million, with a $46.5 million reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Association (MSBA).
According to Bay Path officials, Auburn’s share would be $3,589,631 (not including interest) for the work to add 50,000 square feet and renovate the 45-year-old school. The estimated tax impact on the average Auburn home, valued at $222,492, is $8.49 for fiscal year 2014, with a maximum annual cost of $26.09.
The project would provide a 50,000-square-foot addition and replace a 45-year-old roof, the heating and ventilation system, windows and much more.
“Once completed, our project will ensure that we have state of the art vocational and academic classrooms and shops in a building large enough to educate our 1,100 students,” Lafleche said. “There is no doubt that the approved project is the most educationally sound and fiscally responsible way to provide vocational education in Southern Worcester County for the next 50 years.”