Open Mike Show Tonight Revisits HHS Solar, City Spending

A flyer calls for immediate improvements at Tilton School.

Monday’s Open Mike Show looks at prospects for adding solar panels to Haverhill High School’s roof as well as last minute efforts to add money to the city’s spending plan for the year that begins Friday.

The Haverhill School Committee Thursday night scuttled plans by MassAmerican Energy of Marlborough to replace the high school roof and add a 2.2 megawatt solar energy array. Since then, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini told WHAV the project is salvageable. A. Quincy Vale, manager of MassAmerican Energy, is expected to be on hand to discuss the project.

Meanwhile, a behind-the-scenes battle is brewing to encourage the mayor to redirect money to a variety of projects, including at least $300,000 for improvements at Tilton School.

In recent days, flyers have been distributed calling for “Education Equity Now,” urging an overhaul of what is loosely called the Tilton School gymnasium. The same flyer alleges Haverhill ranks 283 out of 326 Massachusetts cities in per-student spending. Last Thursday, school committee members received an appeal from Keith Boucher, associated with the Mount Washington group Urban Kindness, to address the gym as well as peeling ceiling paint, “antiquated bathrooms” and outdated cafeteria lighting.

City Councilor Colin F. LePage, who is also expected to appear on Open Mike, says he and some of his colleagues have identified other pressing needs. It was LePage who discovered an unused $600,000 in an obscure city spending account.

The Open Mike Show begins at 6:30 p.m. The program may be viewed in high definition at and on WHAV’s Facebook page and standard definition at HC Media Channel 22 on Comcast in Haverhill. Audio may also be heard at, participating cable television stations across the Merrimack Valley, Apple TV’s Golden Oldies group and Tunein (available on Web, smartphone and television apps).

5 thoughts on “Open Mike Show Tonight Revisits HHS Solar, City Spending

    • Host Tim Coco is pretty good about playing devil’s advocate. The item is relevant since Councilor Melinda Barrett has an item on Tuesday’s council agenda about it. Otherwise, who would you suggest? Always open to suggestions.

      • I would suggest someone that voted against the project. As the school committee controls the buildings Barrett is looking for points. You have her and the owner. No one thay voted no to defend themselves