Regional high school committee approves MV Arena cell phone tower plans


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) school committee voted unanimously Monday to approve the MV Arena’s (MVA) plans to lease part of its property for construction of a cell phone tower to generate revenue. Since the ice arena bought the property from the MVRHS district in 1974 through special legislation, the school committee’s approval was required.

The school committee also voted to name the high school tennis courts after former Coach Frank “Ned” Fennessy, who retired at the end of last season.

This month’s “student spotlight” recognized senior Barra Peak, who described her varied interests in art, music, and science. She enjoys learning about space and plans to study physics and astrophysics in college.

In other business, guidance director Mike McCarthy reported on a senior exit survey conducted last spring, which 147 seniors completed. Among the results, 83 percent said their experiences at MVRHS allowed them to learn more about themselves and their goals and hopes for their future.

The school committee’s next meeting is at 7 pm on December 2.

Prior to the full committee’s meeting, the budget subcommittee met to review the third version of the high school’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget of $18,572,774, up by 4.33 percent over $17.8 million in FY14.

The budget subcommittee will meet again at 8 am on November 18. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 pm on November 25 at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.