PRIORITY DECISIONS MADE On August 27, 2020, the School Committee voted unanimously to select the 4-5 grade configuration. It was ultimately decided that the 4-5 grade configuration was the most viable option for the current economic climate.
On September 16, 2020, the School Building Committee voted to recommend the selection of the Wheelock site for the location of the new school. Of the alternatives presented on the Wheelock site, the committee selected G1 Alternative as the Preferred Schematic Option.
The School Building Committee will now recommend the Preferred Schematic Option to the Board of Selectmen on September 22, 2020 at 7PM.
Dale Street School Project Update
TOP REASONS FOR WHEELOCK CAMPUS
Continuity of educational programming of a grades 2-5 campus
Share resources and staff between Wheelock and a new Dale Street school
Allows for future flexibility with enrollment or consolidation
Avoids temporary displacement and disruption of students during construction
WHEELOCK CAMPUS CHALLENGES
Potential Traffic impacts on surrounding neighborhood
Medfield School Committee announcement from Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –
Dale Street School Project: Grade Configuration Public Forum
The Medfield School Committee invites the community to its virtual Public Forum regarding the Dale Street School Project grade configuration options on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30pm. The District is considering two potential grade configurations for the future Dale Street Elementary School: grades 4-5 configuration which is currently in place or grades 3-5 configuration. The purpose of the forum is to give a project update, to discuss the advantages/disadvantages of both grade configurations and is an opportunity to hear public input and answer questions from the community. The Public Forum held on August 13, 2020 precedes the School Committee vote on this important decision on August 27, 2020. Visit town.medfield.net/agendacenter for the School Committee agenda and zoom link, which will be posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Any questions or comments should be directed to DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.
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A water treatment facility at a cost of $10.34 m. is needed to remove the iron and manganese from water the town gets from wells # 3 & 4 behind the Wheelock School. This is the complete 147 engineering report.
In case you did not know, we received the preliminary design report for the water filtration project. As a refresher, this is to remove naturally occurring high levels of manganese in our well water, and to re-develop Wells 3 and 4. It is a 147 page document, attached for your perusal in case it has not been forwarded to you yet.
We decided to get it on everyone’s radar, and we posted it to the Town website.
This is tracking to a $10.34 MM project, that will be presented at the ATM in 2021.
Fritz Fleischmann is a resident, a professor at Babson College, a member of the Medfield Energy Committee, and an activist on greening Medfield. His article below first appeared in this week’s Medfield Press –
Guest Column: Why pursuing a net zero school building for Medfield makes sense
By Fritz Fleischmann
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM
At its meeting on June 2, the Medfield Board of Selectmen listened to an intriguing presentation from Mark Sandeen, a member of the Select Board in Lexington. In February, Lexington had opened its new Hastings Elementary School as a net-positive building: an all-electric building that uses no fossil fuels and that generates more energy than it consumes in its operation. Mr. Sandeen had been invited by Fred Davis, chair of the Medfield Energy Committee, to be part of a presentation by the MEC to the Board of Selectmen. The MEC asked the board to charge the MEC and Arrowstreet, the Dale Street Planning Committee architectural firm, to figure out together whether a new school building for Medfield could be constructed as a fossil fuel-free building, at a total lifecycle cost that equals (or is less than) that of a more conventional building.
In his introductory remarks, Fred Davis pointed out that this is already proven technology, implemented in a number of schools in Massachusetts.
As Mark Sandeen explained, the Hastings School is an 110,000-square-foot elementary school building that is going to house 645 students on a regular basis, the second (and larger) of two net-zero school buildings now operating in Lexington. Several features enable the building to produce more than enough energy to meet its own needs: a tight envelope reduces those needs by 50%; in addition to solar panels on the roof, solar canopies were erected on the parking lots around the building. An electric heat pump will move heat from the ground during the winter months, and it will cool the building during the summer by pumping heat out of the building back into the ground. The annual energy needs of the building were calculated at 970,000 kilowatt hours of electricity; the solar installations on the rooftop and the canopies are projected to produce 1.1 million kilowatt hours per year. An extensive battery system was installed to lower peak demand in the building.
An additional benefit of this design is that the Hastings School is the healthiest school building ever erected in Lexington; increased and improved air circulation creates an environment that is most conducive to student learning.
The Lexington facility will, on an annual basis, produce more energy than it consumes. The net-zero-energy features, along with incentives from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, provide substantial net dollar benefits to the town from Day One. Under a worst-case scenario (if revenue is lower than expected and expense higher than expected), Sandeen projects a net income to the town (annual dollar benefits exceeding annual bond payment) in the range of $30,000. Under moderate conditions, the projection of net benefit goes up to around $100,000/year.
Mr. Sandeen’s talk is available as part of the video taken of the Selectmen’s meeting on June 2, which has been posted on YouTube by Medfield TV (the MEC presentation begins at 57.53).
As Medfield’s project is just entering the design phase, this is the perfect time to think about making the Dale Street School an all-electric Net Zero building. At the end of the presentation, the Selectmen were definitely interested in the concept and charged the MEC and Arrowstreet with creating scenarios informed by Mr. Sandeen’s presentation.
The MEC is working on a number of fronts to reduce carbon emissions in Medfield. If you would like more information or to help with these efforts, contact Fred Davis, MEC chair.
RESOLUTION OF MEDFIELD ENERGY COMMITTEE RE DALE STREET SCHOOL ADOPTED 5/21/20
We highly recommend that the Dale Street Committee move forward to
make this project net zero carbon emissions.
Constructing a new building for zero fossil fuels must be done now, or
systems will have to be reconfigured at very high expense in the not too
distant future. Medfield is planning Dale Street for the town’s future so we
must incorporate a net zero goal at this time.
Governor Baker has committed to a close-to-net zero carbon emissions in
2050 for all of Massachusetts. The time is now to make this commitment in
Medfield and to design for the future.
By this document MEC is showing that other communities have made a
commitment to Net Zero buildings, and that many new schools are
explicitly modeling for this objective.
As options are reviewed with costs, financing, incentives, and energy
expenses projected, we are optimistic that, as has been demonstrated in
other towns, Medfield can construct a net zero building at a very reasonable net cost, or even net profit. This is an exciting time for
innovation in this field and making this happen will require many in the
community to learn about new technology. Doing this for this large and
important school construction project will allow Medfield to take a major
first step in moving toward a net zero footprint.
Please let us know where and when we can further discuss this topic and
when this commitment can be included in the planning for Dale Street and
how it will be evaluated.
The MEC stands ready to help research and support this component of the
The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is asking all Medfield residents for their input regarding the Dale Street School Building Project. Renovating or replacing the existing 80 year old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the School District and Town for several years.
As a follow-up to the May 19 Community Forum, the School Building Committee is asking the community to provide additional feedback on the project by completing the Dale Street School Project Community Survey. The survey is available to complete through May 27. The School Building Committee is hoping for a strong response to the survey and is looking forward to your input. The results of the survey will be shared with the community. Please reach out to DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com with any further questions.
Please take the following quick survey. Thank you for your time!
Mayrock’s 56 Unit 40B Project Called “Aura” Approved Today by ZBA for the Former Legion Site
Today the Zoning Board of Appeals issued its decision approving the 56 unit 40B rental complex called the Aura, to be constructed at the site of the former Legion. The development both hopefully creates an endowment for the Legion from the purchase price and reportedly allows the Legion the use of the Aura’s common room facility for the Legion’s meetings.
Per the decision, “The Project shall consist of thirty-one (31) one-bedroom units, nineteen (19) two-bedroom units, and six (6) three-bedroom units”
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