CELEBRATING 30 YEARS AS REVERE’S LOCAL NEWS SOURCE Vol. 31, No.17 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday MSBA Board votes Revere High School into Schematic Design phase Special to Th e Advocate S tate Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and MSBA Executive Director/Deputy CEO John McCarthy recently announced that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move Revere High School (RHS) into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at options to replace the existing RHS with a potential new facility. The next step is for the MSBA to work in collaboration with the District to produce detailed designs for a potential project. “Thanks to our collaborative work with local offi cials, we are working to build a 21st century educational facility that will provide Revere students with a topnotch learning environment,” said Goldberg. The proposed project would replace the existing RHS with a new facility serving grades 9-12 on an alternative site known as SCHOOL | SEE Page 17 781-286-8500 Friday, April 29, 2022 McKenna continues to push for arts center at Beachmont Fire Station By Adam Swift T he future of the Beachmont Fire Station as a home of a city arts center could hinge on results of structural and hazardous materials analyses of the unused building. Ward 1 City Councillor Joanne McKenna, who also serves on the Public Arts Commission, has been a vocal proponent of converting the fi rehouse into an arts center, complete with artist lofts and gallery and community space. McKenna recently toured the fi re station and said there is much potential in the building. “It’s a beautiful building and there is so much potential,” said McKenna. “The place needs to be cleaned out, but there is so much potential and so much room.” The councillor said she could see the large apparatus bay as space for a gallery and community room, while the fi ve sleeping quarters on the second fl oor could be converted into artists’ lofts. McKenna said the fi re department has also expressed inJOANNE MCKENNA Ward 1 City Councillor ARTS | SEE Page 1 School Committee supports free school The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority recently voted to move the proposed Wonderland site plan into the Schematic Design phase. (Courtesy Photo) Cleaning up Fitzhenry Park on Earth Day lunch state legislation By Adam Swift R evere schools provide free meals to all students, and the school leadership is throwing its support behind a measure calling for universal free school meals throughout the state. For the past several years during the pandemic, school lunches and breakfasts have been free for all students, but that could change with the end of LUNCH | SEE Page 2 the pandemic for some school districts. A bill currently in the state legislature would continue free meals for all students. Costs not reimbursed through federal funds for the meals would be borne by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. At its meeting on Tuesday, April 19, the School Committee supported a letter presented by School Committeewoman Stacey Bronsdon-Rizzo asking state legislators to support the bill. “Revere is lucky that we Pictured from left to right: Scott Ruescher, Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky, Rasha Mikhael, Leigh Simmons (in back), Pamela Ross (in front), Jan Dumas, Neelix and Charleigh Novoselsky cleaned up Fitzhenry Park in Ward 2 last Saturday in celebration of Earth Day. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino)

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