Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Accelerated repair programs on the MSBA agenda today

Not just Clark Street, West Tatnuck, Goddard, and Union Hill on the agenda today; there are schools from Auburn (the middle school and Bryn Mawr Elementary), Bellingham, Brockton, Dartmouth, Falmouth, Franklin County Regional Tech, Gardner (Sheffield Elementary), Gill-Montague Regional, Greenfield, Hampden-Wilbraham, Holyoke, Hudson, Leominster, Lynn, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Middleton, Nashoba Regional (Florence Sawyer), North Attleboro, Northampton, Norwood, Orleans, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, South Shore Regional, Southern Berkshire Regional, Springfield, Stoughton, Sudbury, Tri-County Regional Vocational, Tyngsborough, Wayland, and Wellesley...
...being invited to the Accelerated Repair Program.
Bourne, Ipswich, and Millis are being invited to eligibility for major renovation/rebuild.
Billerica and Braintree are being invited to Feasiblity for major renovation/rebuild.
more to come...

Executive Director's report: 37 project visits since March
accelerated repair: 60 schools in 39 school districts visited to evaluate for recommendations since March
3 groundbreakings, one ribbon cutting, one topping off
33 project visits coming up this summer
security: local decision making; not a school problem, a community problem
SOI period has closed: 227 applications for the core program

removals from eligiblity: Shrewsbury for Beal Early Childhood Center; town has concluded that they are unable to proceed for funding reasons
two being removed from accelerated repair: from Central Berkshire and from Dighton-Rehoboth

Three invitations to eligibility: Bourne, Ipswitch, Millis, all for elementary schools
these are from the 2013 SOI process

Two invitations to feasibility: Billerica, for Billerica Memorial High School; Braintree, for East Middle School

51 projects being invited to accelerated repairs
cruising through cities and towns now...comments from communities and schools
several communities glad to see 50 year old boilers go (I'm not going to bring up Worcester East Middle here)

Superintendent Boone points out that the average age of Worcester Public Schools is 75 years (and that's with one that's brand new!)

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