REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE
This update describes the work of the High School Building Committee (HSBC) during the past year, since the Annual Town Meeting on April 29, 2007. The work of the HSBC, in prior years, is summarized in the Report of the HSBC published in the January 2005 Special Town Meeting Warrant. It and the more extensive Preliminary Design Report are both available on the HSBC web site (www.waylandschoolcommittee.org/whs/hsbc/index.htm) and at the Wayland Public Library.
the past year, the HSBC met five times for a total of 52 meetings since January
2004. These most recent meetings
focused on the state reimbursement program and community groups’ interest in
Identify the Problem (Statement of Interest) – The Wayland School Committee and Board of Selectmen submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in August 2006. There were 423 SOIs submitted from 162 districts. The SOI was the first step in the application process for state funding. Communities were asked to document deficiencies under eight statutory criteria: health and safety, existing severe overcrowding, loss of accreditation, prevention of future severe overcrowding, energy conservation and decreased energy costs, short term enrollment growth, replacement of obsolete buildings, and transition from court ordered racial balance districts to walk-to districts. Wayland documented deficiencies in seven of the eight statutory criteria.
Senior Site Review - On August 14, 2007 Enrique Zuniga, Director of
Quality Assurance for MSBA, Joseph Miele, Senior Architect from STV, and Donald
Corrie, Director of Design from STV visited
Collaborate on a
Solution - The
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) at its Board of Directors
meeting on Nov. 28, 2007, invited
The MSBA has defined a rolling capital pipeline of $2.5 billion spread over five years. The MSBA will introduce projects into this pipeline as they are deemed ready. In addition to the 83 selected, there are 45 schools on hold, which the MSBA will work with to clarify their Statements of Interest.
On Feb. 13, 2008, five Wayland officials (Superintendent Gary Burton, Business Manager Joy Buhler, Town Administrator Fred Turkington, School Committee Chairman Barb Fletcher, and HSBC Chairman Lea Anderson) met with a team of senior officials from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The MSBA laid out the next steps as follows:
1. Submit the Initial Compliance Certification
2. Form a
3. Complete an enrollment questionnaire
4. Complete an enrollment projection working with the MSBA consultant
5. Procure an Owner’s Project Manager subject to approval by the MSBA
6. Procure a Feasibility Designer through the MSBA’s Designer Selection Panel
7. Execute a Feasibility Study Agreement with the MSBA detailing scope, schedule, milestones and cost-sharing parameters of the Feasibility Study.
8. Execute Project Scope and Budget Agreement including schedule, price, and MSBA participation.
9. Conduct a local vote on project
10. Execute Project Funding Agreement
Wayland has completed some of these steps already and is awaiting approval from the MSBA on the HSBC and Designer selection (HMFH Architects). Wayland has been told by the MSBA to plan for 40% reimbursement on the Feasibility Study. Wayland voters approved $300,000 at the 2007 Annual Town Meeting in anticipation of being selected by the MSBA. Those funds have not been spent and are available to begin the Feasibility Study as soon as the state is ready.
Community Groups – The HSBC met with groups interested in privately funding replacement of the floor and bleachers in the Field House, privately funding a new swimming pool, and considering space needs for the WayCam studio in planning the high school project. The HSBC recommends the Field House work, as it complements the larger project. The swimming pool is being pursued as a separate unrelated initiative from the high school project. The HSBC will consider the needs of WayCam in planning with the state.
Next Steps – When Wayland
and the MSBA begin working on the Feasibility Study, the HSBC will begin again
to engage the community in developing a solution to the facility problems at
is the intention of the HSBC to generate a plan for
Lea T. Anderson, HSBC Chairman
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