Okay, here’s the plan.
- Sell the brand new Burlington High School to a college, maybe Middlesex Community College, which is looking to expand.
- Lease office space in Burlington and operate the high school there.
- Save a lot of tax dollars in the process, to help keep the residential rate down.
That was the proposal from Town Meeting representative Tom Cunningham, exactly 50 years ago this month. The 20-year-old BHS graduate got the idea from Arthur Moon from Wilmington Road. This was the first year of representative Town Meeting in Burlington.
“Quite a few of the electronics buildings are empty and could be partitioned off for school space,” Cunningham told the Lowell Sun. But School Committee Chairman Carl Stasio called the idea, “sheer lunacy.” The debate quickly became moot when the town’s lawyer, David Berman, said it’s illegal for a town to sell a building that’s partially funded by the state. Case closed.
Also in December of 1972, Lahey settled on a place to build.
Along the newish Route 3, the battle over “Mossville” started to heat up. That’s the wooded area now known as the Landlocked Forest or Landlocked Parcel. Burlington wanted to develop it for the tax revenue, but Lexington and Bedford wouldn’t allow access for that purpose. To this day, it’s still woods.