Monday, August 13, 2018

Don't forget Doherty

Hey, remember how Doherty was approved by the MSBA board back in February to move to Feasibility in terms of renovation or replacement?
Have we heard a single solitary thing about that?
What's interesting about Feasbility is that during this phase, the district must:
...document their educational program, generate an initial space summary, document existing conditions, establish design parameters, develop and evaluate alternatives, and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate preferred solution to the MSBA Board of Directors for their consideration...
And in doing so, they will have to submit to MSBA a list of the public meetings they've had (check the Local Actions and Approval letter).
It's that "develop and evaluate alternatives" that should be of particular interest. The district is required to consider renovation on site; the default Worcester has always previously used has been taking more parkland; we've been told that won't happen.
And there isn't a lot of of unused, unpreserved open space within the Doherty quadrant.

Worcester has tended in the past (as we're currently seeing with the PawSox) to be very quiet behind the scenes talks until the public is presented with a fait accompli of sometimes dubious, sometimes zero merit.
It would be very good if we didn't see happen with Doherty.
And those of us who remember Tech would prefer it didn't involve lawsuits, either. 

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