About 50 people including school officials and presenters are at the high school tonight to review options for meeting the town's elementary school needs.
The state building authority, the group that selects districts for partial project reimbursement, requires towns to look at options at all existing schools and their properties regardless if the sites could support a renovation or new school.
The main purpose of tonight's forum as well as Thursday's and next week's forums are to present information on the options and gather the thoughts of residents, said committee member Joe Crimmins.
At the end of this month the school building committee will determine which option to pursue and send it to the state building authority for its approval.
In November the state building authority will vote on the Swampscott proposal and, if it is accepted, establish the amount of aid the town would receive from the state.
That amount would need to be endorsed by the state building group in March.
Once endorsed by the state the town would have 120 days to approve the project at a town vote.
We will have more information in tomorrow's Patch.