According to George Holland, the plan has not been tested.
In January 1996, the Netherlands, then president of Malden school, met with Richard C, the city's new mayor. Howard.
The Netherlands and others say Malden's schools are in poor condition.
Some primary school facilities have a history of more than 100 years.
The area recently closed two junior high schools and dispersed grades in the remaining buildings.
The last renovation of the high school, in its 1970 s, has long been disrupted by poor lighting, aging heating and cooling systems, and dim classrooms.
"When Richard took office, we took a bit of a step back to evaluate," Holland said . " He retired in 2000 12 years after leading the region.
"Basically, he wants to do a big project.
"Nearly 16 years later, Howard and a range of local and national officials re-invested in Malden High School in December, limiting efforts to transform the school district at a cost of $0. 2 billion. 9.
The $77 million high school renovation project ended one of the state's largest school reconstruction projects, which was completed under Howard's supervision, and the state was responsible for 90% of the cost.
"I don't know which other community got so much money from us," said Jack McCarthy, interim executive director of the Massachusetts State Administration of architecture, joking at the ceremony.
An official spokesman said other regions actually got more, but Malden still ranks first among the top investments the agency has made.
Although there is no obvious change between Malden High School and the outside, there has been a great development in the interior.
Each classroom has a digital projection system and an interactive whiteboard that acts as a DVD player and a TV;
New windows, heating and air conditioning systems to keep you comfortable in all seasons;
Better accessibility facilities for persons with disabilities;
New paint, floor and ceiling;
And 14 new science labs.
"The Science Lab is the biggest area of reconstruction," said James Norton of URS . "
Supervise the construction.
"This is the only area in the school where the internal walls have been removed and the classrooms have been completely reformatted.
"The gym has new lights, paint, seating and special rubber floors that look like wood flooring but provide mats for athletes in the fall.
The rooms for the band and chorus were fresh and the new public address and clock system was in place as well.
Jenkins auditorium in a stateof-the-
The art venue, which opened on 1939, has restored the splendor of decorative art and has undergone a new transformation of stage, lighting and audio functions.
The space is drawn in vibrant peach, purple and blue tones, with light flowing from the giant man-made sunroof.
Dana Brown, head of Malden High School, said: "From the child's point of view, they are now entering the bathroom where the faucet work, toilet work and stall doors are closed," as a 1977 graduate, he has a memory of the wobbling days.
"From a practical point of view, this is a better educational environment.
There are also many technical upgrades, Norton said. High-
High-speed Internet access is accessed through two special lines, and wireless access is provided in two of the three buildings of high school;
Norton said the third will receive wireless connections later this year.
With this technology, teachers encourage students to introduce and use digital devices such as laptops and iPads that can now interact more seamlessly with digital devices in classrooms, Brown said.
However, the most striking is the different atmosphere.
"I think the whole culture and climate of the school changed before the renovation," Brown said . ". “It’s bright; it’s cheery.
He said: "Howard made the school his top priority in his first term, and must work hard to get new facilities, win lawsuits, and navigate the legislative system in the process.
The result is sometimes crazy: in a five-
From 1999 to 2003, he supervised the buildings of six schools, about one each year.
"In the early stages, there were a variety of moving parts that had to be lined up and pushed forward," Howard said . ".
High School, he said, is the final stage of the district's reconstruction plan and is now complete, giving him a sense of closure when he leaves the office to become a city manager in Winchester.
"Attending this event before my service is over is a huge personal pleasure for me," Howard said in his high school review class . ".
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