NRSSBC Town Meeting October 3, 2011


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Presentation made by the North Reading Secondary School Building Committee to the Town Meeting on October 3, 2011, describing the new approach of an integrated middle school and high school.

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NRSSBC Town Meeting October 3, 2011

  1. 1. North Reading Secondary School Building Committee PROJECT UPDATE
  2. 2. The Secondary School Building Committee (SSBC) reconvened in February 2005 to address the changing needs of the HS & MS. The SSBC is comprised of 21 members with Chuck Carucci as the Committee Chair. SSBC : Secondary School Building Committee
  3. 3. Brief History <ul><li>High School built 1955…56 yrs old with renovations done 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School built 1963…48 yrs old </li></ul><ul><li>School Buildings operating over capacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H.S. currently has 8 Modulars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M.S. currently has 10 Modulars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programmatic needs/demands continue to increase with no room to hold them </li></ul>
  4. 4. Brief History <ul><ul><li>Schools fail to meet State space guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HS currently has 2 Science labs, should have 4 based on student population </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Foreign Language labs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Art is taught in old Auto shop garage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Ed. is taught in old Auto shop garage on folding tables. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HS has reached its max in electrical capacity </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Brief History <ul><li>Athletic/wellness facilities/space lacking substantially ( 65% of students participate in school sports) </li></ul><ul><li>School Buildings are outdated, &quot;tired”, inefficient and costly to operate & maintain </li></ul><ul><li>Most buildings’ systems are past useful life </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple code & accessibility violations exist </li></ul>
  6. 6. MSBA & SSBC Partnership Process (Time Line) <ul><li>Submitted Statement of Interest (SOI) to MSBA </li></ul><ul><li>MSBA selected SOI (15-20 from 225+ submissions) </li></ul><ul><li>Determined cost & Town approved FS/SD Stage </li></ul><ul><li>Hired OPM & Architecture Firm </li></ul><ul><li>OPM & Architecture Firm worked together to finalize the Feasibility Study </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Submitted Feasibility Study showing options to MSBA of possible new school that address needs of school space and program needs while being cost efficient </li></ul><ul><li>MSBA & SSBC approved the best option </li></ul><ul><li>Schematic Design of the Preferred option is developed (October - December 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Town updated with progression of Schematic Design </li></ul>MSBA & SSBC Partnership Process (Time Line)
  8. 8. <ul><li>Finished Schematic Design is submitted to MSBA for approval (December 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>MSBA’s approves Schematic Design (January 2012) </li></ul><ul><li>Town has 120 Days to Approve the Project </li></ul><ul><li>Special Town Meeting and Town Vote </li></ul><ul><li>(late January – February 2012) </li></ul>MSBA & SSBC Partnership Process (Time Line)
  9. 9. MSBA & SSBC Partnership Process <ul><li>MSBA & SSBC approves the best option which addressed both the needs of schools space and program needs while being cost efficient. </li></ul><ul><li>A new High School/Middle School with combined core facilities (Cafeteria, Media/Library, Gymnasium and Auditorium) </li></ul>
  10. 10. This is Our MSBA Approved Project A new Integrated High School/Middle School with combined core facilities (Cafeteria, Media/Library, Gymnasium and Auditorium) Combined Core New Combined Core
  11. 11. This is Our MSBA Approved Project
  12. 12. This is Our MSBA Approved Project
  13. 13. Combined Core Facility MS Locker Room HS Locker Room MS Cafe HS Cafe Auditorium Kitchen Prep
  14. 14. Our Approved Project
  15. 15. This is Our MSBA Approved Project Preliminary Cost Project size: 269,592 sf Renovated Space : 81,989 sf New Construction: 187,603 sf Site work, demo, Haz. Mat. : $12,027,558 Estimated Total Construction Cost : $80,135,081 Estimated Project Cost : $96,179,081 Numbers from MSBA Website : September 28,2011 Board Meeting Information
  16. 16. Pros for supporting this Project: <ul><li>The spatial and programmatic needs of both HS & MS are met taking them into the 21 st century learning in a cost efficient way; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project Based Learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small Learning Communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information, Media, and Technology Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Connections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Global Connections </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Reflects the academic excellence of North Reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses the “tired” buildings, non-compliances and inefficient heating systems, providing better Indoor Air Quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides much needed Athletic/Wellness facilities currently lacking. </li></ul><ul><li>Improves street presence and appearance to Town from current High School. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases the value of homes. </li></ul>Pros for supporting this Project:
  18. 18. Pros for supporting this Project: <ul><li>Provides improved access and site circulation to building and athletic facilities while reducing impact on neighborhood streets and abutters </li></ul><ul><li>Construction phasing will not require temporary facilities or relocation of students off site </li></ul><ul><li>Separate student / teacher parking from visitor parking and bus / parent drop off </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly – of the reimbursable portion the State pays 50 to 52% </li></ul>
  19. 19. Failure to pass Project : <ul><li>Capital improvements to the HS & MS needed immediately will cost $10 million. </li></ul><ul><li>These improvements do not address: </li></ul><ul><li>the overcrowding, under spaced classrooms, </li></ul><ul><li>lack of Science labs, the removal of asbestos replacing of rubber roofs to both the HS & MS or the HS foyer and courtyard. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Failure to pass Project: <ul><li>These improvement do not address the limited life-time of the 18 modular units currently being used and in their 7 th plus year. </li></ul><ul><li>Tax increase still happens – no increase to home values </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly, little to no State Reimbursement!! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Keep North Reading Proud Vote YES for Schools!
  22. 22. Future Informational Forums North Reading School Committee Meetings at Schools: October 24 Batchelder School November 21 Little School December 5 North Reading Middle School December 19 Hood School January 9 North Reading High School