The town will submit a request to state school building officials which would start the process towards funding for Braintree High School renovations.

BRAINTREE − The school committee has approved submitting a statement of interest to state school  building officials for renovations to Braintree High School.

The request is the first step in the approval process for funding through the state school building authority.   School Superintendent Frank Hackett told the school committee Monday night that state officials will review the statement, compare it against others from around the state, and  decide by December if they will invite the town to make a more detailed submission.

"It is simply the first step in what we know is a long process," Hackett said.

Hackett said the request is not because of the problems with the school's heating system during January. It is something that has been under discussion for the past two years.

In a recent accreditation review, a visiting team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges noted several deficiencies in the 46-year-old building, from inadequate bathroom facilities to a lack of electrical outlets.  The heating system problems were also noted, as well as the safety and functionality of the science labs.

School officials also noted that some former vocational classrooms are now being used for other types of classes, with the original equipment still in the rooms.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan said the request will not deter the town from making improvements to the high school building on its own.

The town council is scheduled to vote on the statement at its meeting tonight, with April 6 the deadline to submit the statement.