Is School Building Committee the Authority? Researching articles makes it look so.

My concern with who has the vote on location of the school really is more to do with the Powers and Duties of School Committee under Mass Law and less the location. If elected I could make Cawley work.

The Education Reform Act strictly defines and refines the involvement of a School Committee in the delivery of Educational Services. I don’t believe that it nullified Mass Law Chapt 43

If School Committee’s can no longer have control over school buildings either building or closing and have very limited hiring duties, what is left for them to do but be glorified advisory boards?

Researching articles on who has the actual vote makes me thing its NEITHER the City Council or School Committee but the School Building Committee!. 9-9 tie !

If the Solicitor is interpreting that Chap 70b nullified sections of Chapter 43, which I cannot find exact language stating so. How come so many other communities in the State have their Building Committee and Supt running point and Council or town approving funding?

In my view these articles muddy the waters even more but still leaves open the question of who has the legal authority in Lowell to select a site?..

Stories from throughout the State

The proposal for a new Taconic High School was years in the making. Initial discussions ranged from creating a regional vocational district to whether the city should pursue a two-school or “one-school” plan that would close Pittsfield High School.

With no interest in developing a regional school, the city moved forward with what eventually became a focus on renovating or rebuilding Taconic. Last fall, the School Building Needs Commission voted to pursue a new school after cost estimates for additions and renovations came in at about the same price. Projected repairs at the school with no addition were in the $36 million ballpark; state funding was limited.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority reimburses up to 80 percent of eligible costs, such as for instructional spaces. The anticipated cost is $120.8 million of which the city will be responsible for $45 million.

The City Council will vote on whether or not to fund the project on Tuesday, April 14. Following that vote, the MSBA will have to approve its own reimbursement on Wednesday, June 3.

Skanska was involved here also so why does the Solicitor say Ch 70b supersedes Chapt 43 when Clearly it’s not what happened in Pittsfield!!

Pittsfield School Building Panel Opts for New High School
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
09:15PM / Monday, July 28, 2014Print | Email
Carl Franceschi goes over the Taconic High School options prior to the School Building Needs Commission voting for a new school on Monday night.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield will submit the option for a constructing a new $120 million Taconic High School to the Massachusetts School Building Authority next week.

The School Building Needs Commission on Monday voted 16-1 for the new construction option after more than an hour of discussion — and years of debate.

Ballpark figures for a new school range from $114 million to $125 million, including so-called soft costs ranging from contingencies to furniture.

The city will submit the option to the MSBA on Aug. 7 along with responses to comments on previously submitted educational and space plans.

“I just want to thank everybody, this is a milestone for the city of Pittsfield,” said commission Chairwoman Kathleen Amuso.

The choice of building new rather than one of the two other options to renovate and add on to the 50-year-old school school did not come as a surprise.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the City Council authorized the borrowing to build a new Taconic High School.

Tuesday’s vote allows the city’s financial staff to bond the funds for the project. In June, the MSBA will cast a similar vote for its portion.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A subcommittee of the School Building Needs Commission on Monday has given its OK to enter into a preconstruction contract with Gilbane Building for the new high school.

The preconstruction is a smaller contract that is likely a precursor to signing Gilbane in a separate contract to be the at-risk manager for the entire project.

The subcommittee last week had approved negotiating with the Boston-based company to become the construction manager at-risk. The two sides have negotiated and come close to reaching a $9.9 million contract for the entire project.

The preconstruction was bid at a cost of $275,000 but negotiated down to $250,000, according to John Benzinger of the consulting firm Skanska USA. The preconstruction is expected to last 11 months but also include some early bidding.

“We’re hoping to do early packages on the site – concrete and steel,” Benzinger said.

The first construction is expected in spring 2016 with total completion by June 2018. The preconstruction phase includes various levels of cost estimations for both architects Drumney Rosane & Anderson Architects Inc. and Gilbane.

The subcommittee is expected to reconvene in December and approve the contract for the manage at-risk work. There is still an out should there be some major discrepancies. That clause, however, hasn’t been executed at many other schools and DRA and Skanska officials said they’ve never been part of a project in which it was.

School Building Committee Approves Schematic Design and Budget for New Middle/High School Project
(Lunenburg, MA – October 3, 2013) The Town of Lunenburg’s School Building Committee recently completed its review of the Schematic Design and associated costs for the Lunenburg Middle/High School project. At its meeting on September 30, 2013, the SBC voted unanimously to submit the Schematic Design to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The submission includes schematic design drawings; the project’s preliminary construction schedule; the project estimates by Tappé Associates (with its cost estimator, PM & C) and Shawmut Design and Construction; the total project budget; and a summary of how the District will deliver its special educational program within the new school.
The Committee approved a total budget for the middle/high school project of $74,235,771. It is estimated that the maximum grant from MSBA for this project will be $36,238,758, meaning that the MSBA would cover 58.25% of all costs eligible for reimbursement, or approximately 48.8% of total project costs. The estimate is subject to review and final approval by MSBA. As a result, the local share (that is, the amount of debt to be incurred for the project by the Town of Lunenburg) is anticipated to be $37,997,012.

After a summer filled with negotiations and sometimes-rushed changes, Wellesley’s School Building Committee has finally gotten what it asked for. The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors has approved funding up to $44 million for an all-new high school in Wellesley.

After a summer filled with negotiations and sometimes-rushed changes, Wellesley’s School Building Committee has finally gotten what it asked for. The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors has approved funding up to $44 million for an all-new high school in Wellesley.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong after the Sept. 29 MSBA board meeting ended. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us, getting through the special Town Meeting. … This is the only way to go.”

The authority committed to funding 40 percent of grant eligible costs, or $44 million. This move paves the way for a special Town Meeting to be held in October, where Town Meeting members will be asked to approve the roughly $130.6 million project. If the project gains Town Meeting’s support, town residents will vote on it in December. Local preservationists are still trying to preserve the 1938 section of the high school, yet on Monday Treasurer Timothy Cahill strongly advocated for building an all-new school versus renovating the existing structure.

“This is, educationally, a better decision to make than trying to renovate,” he said, adding that MSBA’s consultants showed a renovation/addition plan would cost the same amount —$110 million — as building a brand new school. ”[A new school] gives us a better end result for the same money.”

Saugus Accepted by MSBA into Schematic Design Phase of Saugus Middle-High School Project
POSTED ON: OCTOBER 11, 2016 – 3:43PM

(Saugus, MA) February 16, 2017 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Saugus High School Project Building Committee are pleased to announce that Saugus has been accepted by the Massachusetts School Building Authority into the next module of the high school project – the schematic design phase.

During their Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the MSBA voted unanimously to accept the Town into the schematic design phase of the project, and to support a grades six through 12 middle-high school facility to be built on the existing high school site. Prior to this, a grades six through 12 configuration and a space summary supporting a 6-12 facility was voted and approved by the School Committee and Building Committee.

District representatives from Saugus attended the meeting to show their support for the project and thank the MSBA. Those present included Town Manager Crabtree, School Committee and Building Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi, and Saugus High School Principal Mike Hashem. Owner’s Project Manager PMA Consultants and designer HMFH Architects were also in attendance.

“It is very exciting to be moving into the next module and phase of the project,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “Now is the time for the school district and the Town to work with the residents, schools, and community on designing a place and plan that fits the education plan designed and voted by the School Committee and Building Committee. This is about bringing facilities and education into the 21st century and being competitive with other communities. This will be a worthy investment.”

The schematic design phase of the project is the fourth out of eight modules. During this phase, Saugus will collaborate with the MSBA to develop a schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, budget, and schedule upon which to evaluate the basis for a proposed project, secure approval of the project by the MSBA Board, receive approval from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the District’s special education program, and obtain local authorization and financial support.

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