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MSBA approves town’s extension

Email received from the Massachusetts School Building Authority –

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From: Jennifer Flynn
To: osler.peterson@verizon.net <osler.peterson@verizon.net>
Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2020 3:11 pm
Subject: MSBA/Medfield- Dale Street Elementary School Extension Request

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

This email serves as notice that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) has approved the Town of Medfield’s (the “District’s”) September 24, 2020 request for an extension to the schedule and Feasibility Study Agreement for the Dale Street Elementary School project. The MSBA accepts the updated project schedule and notes the new Feasibility Study Agreement expiration date is November 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jenn

Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

40 Broad Street; Suite 500

Boston MA 02109

617-720-4466

www.massschoolbuildings.org

Dale public forum – 6PM tomorrow

Posted at the request of Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Here is the Zoom link set to work – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861244383?pwd=R2toV1VoRjBIS3hLQkdMMFlQNEtZQT09

This public forum is being held by the School Building Committee, but the Select Board is holding a concurrent posted meeting as part of the public forum.

Dale Street School public survey

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke today –

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQ5YPJ3

SBC forum – 6PM 10/14

SAVE THE DATE!

Dale Street School Project
Public Forum

Wednesday, October 14 2020
6.00PM

Topics: updates, cost projections, q&a

Dale Street School Project Public Forum

Board of Selectmen

Posted on: September 30, 2020

Dale Street School Project Public Forum

Dale Street School Project Forum Announcement: October 14 at 6 pm.

Please join the Board of Selectmen and the Dale Street School Building Committee for a virtual public forum about the Dale Street School Project on Wednesday, October 14 at 6 pm. The information to join the Zoom meeting is included below. 

To join online, use this link:

Dale Street School Project corrections

Today I received two emailed corrections, which I have inserted below, about the material that I posted on the status of the Dale Street School project. Thanks to both Mike Quinlan and Chris McCue for making the information posted here more accurate for residents.

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Hi Pete,

Just a quick note – our School Committee never had a public discussion about the Dale Street site options, despite what Leo Brehm stated at the Select Board meeting. I’ve attended all the meetings, and anyone can take a look at meeting tapes to see that was the case. Leo had no business answering “yes” to the question “Is School Committee in agreement on the site?” because they never talked about it. This was a big misstep in the process.

Medfield School Committee should have devoted time on its own meeting agenda to discuss the pros/cons of each site from an educational standpoint, and to take public input on just that aspect of the project alone, but never did. Of course, one can assume that SC members will all be in agreement on Wheelock since that is what the superintendent wants, but it’s not a valid reason to short-change the community engagement process on one of the most important site selection criteria.

Best,

Chris

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Pete

It has come to my attention that you posted about this on your blog. I just want to be clear, as I noted below, the MSBA has not formally responded to our schedule extension request. They have informally indicated support but have not formally responded and there are some senior people who will need to chime in. 

Your post indicates more certainty than we have right now.  Would you please clarify your blog as I know people do read it. 

Thanks

Mike

[this from the 9/24/20 email from Mike]

We don’t have official word but early indications based off informal conversation seem to be that the MSBA will support the schedule extension.

Dale Street School Project Update on siting decision

Excerpts below are from an email received today from the Dale Street School Project –

https://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools/page/dale-street-project

Dale Street School Project Update

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

Overall Property Tax impacts

ADDITIONAL OUTREACH

Grade Configuration Information

Site Selection Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Schedule

Sustainability

MEC 8/24

Your Medfield Energy Committee has tons of irons in our local fires – Zoom in next Monday at 7 PM to hear and see what is happening

  • Medfield Environment Action – new group
  • Community Aggregation – for next town meeting
  • Climate Goals – for next town meeting
  • Solar Projects – e.g. Kingsbury Club solar is large enough to be a power plant
  • New Dale St. School – building to net zero can save the town money
  • Green Community Act – (Municipal) Operations – how state grants are being used to make our town better

The agenda and Zoom link are below:

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.
1. To join online, use this link:
a. https://zoom.us/j/98488657066?pwd=U1FsZVR5SFYzRlV5bmRwdENBVlBxdz
09
b. Enter Password: 221674
2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
a. Enter the Webinar ID: 984 8865 7066
b. Enter the password: 221674
Medfield Energy Committee
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Monday, August 24, 2020 7:00 pm
1. Report from the Chair – Fred
2. Approval of minutes from past meeting: 7/20 – Penni
3. Committee Roster update – Cynthia
4. Medfield Environment Action – Megan
Community Forums: CCA, Climate Goals
5. Community Aggregation – Megan / Bob / Paul / Jeremy
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. Jul 22 Public Forum, other publicity
Posted:
6. Climate Goals – Jim
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. GHG Inventory tool – Hilli
c. Aug 17 Public Forum, other publicity
7. Solar Projects – Penni
a. PPA vs ownership; SDA
b. Kingsbury Club: zoning
c. DPW roof: grant application – Hilli
d. Old landfill
e. Other sites
8. New Dale St. School – Alec
a. Arrowstreet: Acton-Boxborough
b. Eversource funding available (Cullinane; Thornton Tomasetti?)
c. BoS support of NetZero goal
d. Sandeen analysis tool – Megan
9. MassEnergize – joint MEA-MEC meeting
10. MSH Subcommittee: MSH Development Committee activity
11. Municipal and Community Partnership with Eversource – Tricia
12. Liaison with other orgs: MCAN, CRGC, MAPC, IECC
13. Medfield Long-Range planning process – Cynthia
14. Green Community (Municipal) Operations – Amy
a. 2020 Green Communities Funding-- $139,316 applied 5/1; answered q’s 6/19
b. Exterior and Interior lighting controls at High School, Middle School
c. High School: Trane / ESPO / interval data / scoping study – Alec
d. MAPC Regional Energy Planning Assistance Funding – Paul
$2500: Help prep, complete annual report
$1500: Competitive grant prep
e. Consumption during shut-down?
f. LED Streetlights: invoices adjusted
g. Energy Management function: Susan McPhee to be invited to BoS
And, any additional business that came in after the deadline that must be discussed prior to
the next meeting.

Grade Configuration Public Forum – 5:30 on 8/13

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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From Tracey Rogers –

Sign-up to receive updates and news about the planning for a new Dale Street School.  Click here and the sign-up box is on the top left of page.  For specific questions on the project, email dalestreetschoolproject@gmail.com.