Category Archives: Schools

SBC’s Community Conversation tonight at 7PM

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

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Community Conversation and Q&A Session on the Proposed Elementary School Project

Hosted by members of the School Building Committee

Thursday, May 13 at 7pm via Zoom:

To join online, use this link:

https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/89214489926?pwd=YXVKTCtGS3N1cEpMeUpnMkpIa1Jhdz09

a. Enter Password: 644770

Medfield is participating in the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for a new elementary school to replace the existing Dale Street School. The new school will serve grades 4 & 5. The location for the future new school will be adjacent to the existing Wheelock School, creating an elementary school campus serving grades 2 through 5. 

Join members of the School Building Committee (SBC) as they recap the details of the proposed new elementary school project, the MSBA process and why the Wheelock site was unanimously selected by the School Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.

Please click here for the website and Project Summary and Key Facts Sheet.

Questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook.

MSBA – please fund energy efficient schools

As part of the celebration of Earth Day, I asked to have my signature as a Town of Medfield Select Board member added to the letter below, going to the MSBA tomorrow. Medfield Energy Committee members and other may join too. –

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April 22, 2021

Deborah Goldberg, Chair
Anne Brockelman
Sean R. Cronin
Matt Deninger
Terry Kwan
Greg Sullivan
Sheila Vanderhoef

Via email to ______

Dear Treasurer Goldberg and members of the MSBA Board,

We are writing to encourage the MSBA to require that all school building projects funded by MSBA be fully electrified, and climate resilient.

The MSBA is to be commended for its track record of helping cities and towns replace or
renovate school buildings in an environmentally sustainable manner.

As your website notes,


The MSBA’s Green Schools Program provides incentives to a district to increase the
energy efficiency and sustainability for new construction and major renovation/addition
projects, by exceeding Massachusetts Energy base code by 20% for 2 additional
reimbursement points. All projects are required to register for the most recent version of
LEED-S or NE-CHPS and exceed Massachusetts Energy base code by 10%.

The MSBA’s updated Accelerated Repair Program provides a new opportunity to apply
sustainable standards to specific building systems such as roofs, boilers and window
systems. The MSBA’s green programs aim to encourage a high standard of
sustainability for all MSBA-funded projects. The MSBA continues to monitor the
effectiveness of its sustainable policies and make recommendations for
improvement, with an emphasis on energy and cost savings, resulting in direct
operational savings for school districts.
[bold added]

As municipal leaders interested in speeding the transition away from fossil fuel dependency, we were particularly pleased to see the highlighted above, as it demonstrates an interest in continuous improvement in the area of sustainability and carbon emissions reduction. We are following up on your interest in improvement to encourage you to tie school building funding to the following requirements for all new or renovated schools:

  • Heat and cooling should be supplied by clean all-electric heating and cooling systems, not oil, propane, or gas-fueled systems.
  • Parking lots should offer electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for staff and/or visitors.
  • Schools built on or near historic wetlands or in floodplains should take into account
    precipitation modeling for 2070 and beyond; this may entail a raised structure or building in an alternate location.

How do these recommendations fit into the Commonwealth’s climate goals?

• Massachusetts has a greenhouse gas reduction mandate of 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a commitment to be net zero by 2050; many cities and towns have more aggressive goals. The IPCC issued a report in 2018 noting that to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — a goal of the Paris climate agreement — anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions would have to be on a path to fall by about 45 percent by around 2030.
• Massachusetts also has a goal of 300,000 EVs on the road by 2025.œ As HVAC systems are built to last for at least 20-30 years, that means we must act now to eliminate this significant source of fossil fuel energy.
• The National Climate Assessment projects that the Northeast will see dramatic increases in precipitation and flooding.

Why is all-electric the more environmentally beneficial choice? Under state law, the electric grid is powered by an increasing amount of renewable energy every year. In contrast, an oil or gas boiler is running on fossil fuels from day one until the day it is retired.

School building electrification is not a new concept. In fact, schools across the state are
converting to 100% clean electricity to save money, improve air quality for students, teachers and staff, and advance climate goals.
• Lincoln is about to break ground on a Net Zero K-8 renovation school project.
• Wellesley has one net zero ready elementary school in the design phase and is in the feasibility phase of a second.
• Brookline passed a Warrant Article in May 2019 requiring that all new school buildings be fossil fuel free.
• Westborough has approved and is moving forward with a net-positive energy elementary school.
• Arlington is about to break ground on a new all-electric high school where heating and cooling systems will utilize heat pumps.
• Several Cambridge schools have been rebuilt all-electric: Martin Luther King School, King Open School and the Cambridge Street Upper School, as well as the Valente Branch Library and a new administrative building for the entire school department; the Tobin/Vassal-lane school will be rebuilt all-electric.
• Construction is underway on the new Belmont Middle and High School which will be net zero and all-electric with heating and cooling by a geothermal heat pump system.
• Amherst passed a bylaw in 2017 requiring zero energy new municipal and school buildings.
• Concord is at the end of Feasibility for a net zero design for a new middle school and expects to start Schematic Design in the next few months (there was a CV-related delay).
• Lexington’s Select Board and School Committee adopted a building policy calling for construction of all-electric buildings, maximizing onsite renewable energy, and setting high standards for indoor air quality. Lexington’s Hastings Elementary School and Lexington Children’s Place pre-school are both expected to be net positive buildings when the solar energy systems that have been approved are completed later this year.

Energy efficient all electric schools are cost-effective to build and operate, while providing a healthier and safer learning environment for students and teachers alike.

Schools built on wetlands are more likely to suffer from mold and poor air quality, and need expensive repairs, especially as our region sees more frequent and intense rainfall.

Thank you for your consideration of our views. From the Green Communities Program to the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program to the Complete Streets grants and more, we are so appreciative of the Commonwealth’s partnership in supporting cities and towns efforts to advance our transition to a clean economy and make our communities more resilient as we face a changing climate. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you in more detail about these recommendations and help you build support to enact them.

Sincerely,

Amherst
Darcy Dumont, Town Council, District 5
Dorothy S. Pam, Town Council, District 3
Patricia De Angelis, Town Councilor

Andover
Maria Bartlett, Member of Green Advisory Board

Arlington
Joseph A. Curro, Jr., Select Board Member
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager

Ashland
Robert Scherer, Select Board Member

Barnstable
Gordon Starr, Town Councilor, Precinct 1

Becket
Alvin Blake, Planning Board

Bolton
Jonathan Keep, Select Board Member

Boston
Kenzie Bok, City Councilor
Annissa Essaibi-George, City Councilor (At-Large)
Ed Flynn, City Councilor
Matt O’Malley, City Councilor

Braintree
Julia Flaherty, Town Council, District 1
Kelly J. Cobb-Lemire, School Committee Member

Brookline
Raul Fernandez, Select Board Member
Werner Lohe, Climate Action Committee (co-chair)

Burlington
Martha Simon, School Committee Member

Cambridge
Patricia Nolan, City Councilor
Quinton Zondervan, City Councilor

Concord
Charles Parker, Middle School Building Committee Member

Dalton
Robert Bishop, Select Board Chair
Cheryl Rose, Conservation Commission
Henry Rose, Commissioner, Conservation Commission
Joseph Fish, Chair, Green Dalton Committee

Dedham
Jessica Portee, Planning Board Member

Framingham
Geoff Epstein, School Committee Member, District 6

Gloucester
Jennifer Holmgren, Councilor-at-Large

Hopkinton
Jeffrey S Barnes, Conservation Commission (Chair)
Lakeville
Jesse L. Medford, Open Space Committee (Chair)

Lawrence
Jonathan Guzman, School Committee Member – District F

Lexington
Mark Sandeen, Select Board Member

Marlborough
Samantha Perlman, City Councilor

Medford
Zac Bears, City Councilor
Nicole Morell, City Councilor
Paul Ruseau, School Committee Member
Jenny Graham, School Committee

Newton
Susan Albright, City Council President
Alicia Bowman, City Councilor
Deb Crossley, City Councilor
Andreae Downs, City Councilor
Maria Scibelli Greenberg, City Councilor
Bill Humphrey, City Councilor
David Kalis, City Councilor
Josh Krintzman, City Councilor
Marc Laredo, City Councilor
Rick Lipof, City Council Vice President
Julia Malakie, City Councilor
Chris Markiewicz, City Councilor
Emily Norton, City Councilor
John Oliver, City Councilor
Holly Ryan, City Councilor

Northampton
Bill Dwight, City Councilor at Large
Alex Jarrett, City Councilor
Karen Foster, City Councilor, Ward 2
Susan Voss, School Committee Member
Chris Mason, Energy & Sustainability Officer

Pittsfield
Mary Stucklen, Commissioner – Green Commission

Reading
Vanessa Alvarado, Select Board Member

Somerville
Will Mbah, City Councilor
Ben Ewen-Campen, City Councilor
Katjana Ballantyne, City Councilor
Kristen Strezo, City Councilor-at-Large

Taunton
Phillip Duarte, City Councilor

Wakefield
Mehreen N. Butt, Town Councilor
Julie Smith-Galvin, Town Councilor
Susan Veilleux, School Committee Member
Rob Darnell, Environmental Sustainability Committee (Chair)
Mary Hajjar, Environmental Sustainability Committee (Vice Chair)
Robin Greenberg, Environmental Sustainability Committee
Jennifer Kallay, Gas & Light Board Commissioner
Elizabeth Sheridan, ESC Student Liaison

Watertown
Caroline Bays, Town Councilor
Angeline B. Kounelis, Town Councilor
Tony Palomba, Councilor-at-Large

Wellesley
Lise Olney, Select Board Member

Williamstown
Anne O’Connor, Select Board Member

Winchester
Michael Bettencourt, Select Board (Chair)

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MCPE’s OneMedfieldOnward

From Clair Meehan for MCPE –

MCPE”s #𝙊𝙣𝙚𝙈𝙚𝙙𝙛𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝙊𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 campaign starts TODAY!

All year, you have asked how YOU CAN HELP get our kids back into the classroom as safely as possible, and Monday is the time to come together and make it happen!!

Today we officially launch a 5 day fundraising initiative to help cover needs that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as air filters, disinfecting spray and wipes. Keeping our kids, teachers, staff and administrators safe is critical, but it’s not free. Join us next week by making a donation and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same!

To learn more, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the MCPE website.

𝙼𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝙼𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚂𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚎𝚍𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚍

From Liz Whitcher for the Medfield Coalition for Public Education –

𝙼𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝙼𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕:
𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚂𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚎𝚍𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚍

Yes, even Medfield has some scandalous history! Tickets include your choice of 3 entrees from Basil and access to a live virtual history talk with Richard DeSorgher! 
Optional add-ons include our signature cocktail-the Dark and Stormy and 2 of Richard’s books on the history of Medfield! #OneMedfield 

For more information and to sign up: https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/medfield-history-night

SBC tonight at 7PM

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Hi Pete,

Could you please let folks know that the SBC is having a meeting tonight at 7pm…here is the agenda and link?

many thanks!!

Anna Mae

Elementary School Project – Sustainability Forum 7PM Thursday

Elementary School Project

Sustainability Forum this Thursday

Zoom Link:

https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/83347163639?pwd=N0phSWk0ZlViS3BPQlQ2TlhkdXBrdz09Hear from Arrowstreet, the new Elementary School Project architect, about the design considerations to be made over the next two months related to energy efficiency and net zero emissions:What is it?Why do it?Where is MA headed?Case StudiesOther Agenda Items:Utility incentives New Elementary School ProcessOther Building Types & Net Zero/Energy Efficiency Incentives for residential users Q&A/Break-out discussions  A net zero building uses only as much energy as it can generate and being able to achieve that is a function of the building design. 
 Please join us to learn more on Thursday!
 Sponsored by the the Sustainability Subcommittee of the Dale Street School Building Committee and the Medfield Energy Committee.

Please follow and share our Facebook page and visit our Elementary School Project website for updates.  Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

MCPE looking for volunteers

From Clair Meehan –

Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) is looking for new board members, men and women from the Medfield community with various skill sets and interests who want to have a voice in the improvements that reach our classrooms!

Board members do not need to have kids currently in the school system—just a desire to support and enrich the Medfield Schools.   

This year, MCPE has specific needs for applicants with skills that would be an asset to our grant review team, graphic & web design, PR & publicity, and corporate partner fundraising. All skill sets are welcome, and we strive to have a board with diverse backgrounds.

Applications are due March 8, 2021. For more information, or to apply, please visit https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/

MSBA email

The email below is from the Massachusetts School Building Authority today.

One of the next steps is for the town to evaluate using the MSBA’s Model School approach. Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano, reports that employing a Model School approach saved the City of Marlborough around $11m. on construction of a new school when he worked there, before coming to Medfield.

A subcommittee of the School Building Committee is also looking into whether the town can make the new school a net zero building. Lexington reported to the Select Board that its last new school was a net zero school that saved the town money from the first year, while also being better facility for the students, teachers, and the environment.

Unfortunately, the MSBA has yet to adopt a net zero Model School.

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RE: MSBA/Medfield: Dale Street Elementary School: Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

I would like to thank the Town of Medfield (the “District”) and its consultants for their presentation on the proposed Dale Street Elementary School project (the “Proposed Project”) at the Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) meeting on January 20, 2021.  

In addition to the comments which were discussed as part of the District’s FAS presentation, Christina Forde, MSBA Project Manager, included the following comments in her opening statements:

·         The academic organization of the proposed building;  

·         Site circulation; and  

·         Opportunities for outdoor learning. 

The following items were topics of discussion:  

·        Appreciation of the Educational Program;  

·        Inclusion and location of outdoor learning spaces 

·       Appreciation of the Main Street concept 

·        Appreciation of a campus approach 

The MSBA will be forwarding a formal Model School Evaluation to the District under separate cover shortly.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Christina Forde 

Thank you,  

Jenn 

Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

Dale Street School Project’s status

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –


The Dale Street School Project’s Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) was presented at the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (FAS) Meeting and was favorably received on January 20, 2021. In addition, the FAS was very complimentary to the Education Plan developed by the Medfield Public Schools. Representatives of the Town also saw the possible model schools that the MSBA has determined may work given our particular needs. The next step is for the Town to decide whether to proceed in the model school process which involves interviewing possible candidates. 

Please consider tuning into two upcoming Zoom meetings: 

– Monday, February 1 at 7pm: Wheelock Neighborhood Public Forum #2. Analysis of the recent traffic questionnaire will be shared.

– Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm: Joint meeting of the School Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee 

Further information about the project and to sign up for email updates please visit medfield.net. Please also follow the Dale Street School Building Project on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.