REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE
April 28, 2005
The High School Building Committee (HSBC) is pleased to give an update to the Town of Wayland at the Annual Town Meeting on April 28, 2005.
This update is a summary of the work of the HSBC since the Special Election on January 25 and Special Town Meeting on January 27, 2005. The work leading up to the January Special Election is summarized in the Report of the HSBC published in the January warrant. It and the more extensive Preliminary Design Report are both available on the School Committee web site (www.waylandschoolcommittee.org) and at the Wayland Public Library.
At the Special Election, the Town’s voters rejected a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion for $4.2 million in design funds for a new high school with renovated field house. Since that vote, the HSBC has met twice to discuss the failed vote and possible ways to move forward. We listened to many points of view about the reasons for the outcome. Some think that the uncertainty of state aid was the critical factor. Others think that the project scope was too big.
The HSBC plans to proceed in two areas of research. The first is to conduct a written survey of voters to assist the HSBC and School Committee in deciding how best to move ahead. The second is to analyze the draft regulations of the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) when they are available in early 2006.
Many townspeople have offered suggestions on the survey and on other ways to engage the public in finding consensus on the high school project. Based on the results of this initial survey, planned for this spring, we will follow-up in the fall with efforts in the areas that emerge as most important to voters. These efforts can include telephone surveys, focus groups, public hearings, or informal coffees or gatherings.
The HSBC is committed to build on the consensus that exists in Town, that something needs to be done at the high school. Defining a project that has wide support is our goal.
Lea T. Anderson, HSBC Chairman
High School Building Committee Members
Lea Anderson 508-358-2667 firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Bekenstein 508-358-5651 email@example.com
Dianne Bladon 508-358-0068 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Breit 508-358-7966 email@example.com
Brian Chase 508-788-1081 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Howard 508-358-2619 email@example.com
Mary Lentz 617-542-4141 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Lewin 508-653-9952 email@example.com
Cindy Lombardo 508-358-5958 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Sheffels 508-358-5461 email@example.com
Steve Tise 508-358-0047 firstname.lastname@example.org