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Burlington board considers 16 sites for new high school

August 18, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The school board in Vermont’s largest city has several weeks to narrow down a list of 16 possible sites for the new Burlington High School after chemical contamination was found in the existing school.

The PCB contamination prompted school officials to close the existing school last year. Initially, students were educated from home. In March, the school moved into an empty Macy’s department store, which is now known as the Downtown Burlington High School.

The school board met Tuesday night and members said they are looking forward to the public’s feedback, WCAX-TV reported.

The properties under consideration range from Centennial Field and Leddy Park to vacant lots on Pine Street. School Board Chairwoman Clare Wool said list of possible sites came from suggestions from the community and a real estate firm that the city hired.

“The next phase will be the narrowing down of what is truly available and viable,” she said. The board has until early September to reduce the list to five possibilities.