Councilors also heard from residents who expressed anger and frustration in response to a police shooting that hospitalized a Burlington resident over the weekend.
The price of being overly cautious is often much higher than the risk avoided.
The school district is hoping a $150 million bond will fund a significant portion of the project but city officials have expressed concerns about borrowing too much money.
Hinesburg Police said in a news release that the father of a CVU student reported Wednesday night that a Burlington High School student had threatened his daughter, her friends and the school.
With a rough-edges design approved, the district now plans to work on a more detailed design of the school, which should yield a more accurate cost estimate ahead of an expected November bond vote on the project’s financing.
Some schools will be tested for PCBs as early as May, while others will have to wait until July 2024, according to a draft schedule released by state officials.
A preliminary inventory found that the average Vermont school building is over 60 years old and has gone more than two decades without a major renovation.
Despite national controversies, transgender youth athletes in Vermont have found a home competing on the playing field.
Preliminary cost estimates for a new building range from about $160 million to $200 million, with demolition expected to cost between $26 million and $29 million.
The program, which officials touted as the first in the nation, would test every school built before 1980 for the toxic chemical. But if high PCB levels are found, it’s unclear who will pay for mitigation.
Burlington officials say a new high school building is necessary to keep students and staff safe from contaminated facilities.
The approved site will be cheaper and quicker to build on, consultants say.
While students said they felt supported and excited at the event, they hoped for deeper support from the community and expressed worries about potential backlash.
A fashion show and lip-syncing event with participation from an array of community members is planned at halftime of the homecoming football game on Friday.