The School Building Committee’s next meeting is on Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room.
Items on the agenda include:
Meetings are always open to the public, and participation is encouraged and welcomed!
SOTT is an annual opportunity for Lincoln residents to ask questions about the work of Town boards and committees, and to raise topics and ideas that they would like to see addressed. It gives Town boards and committees the chance to provide updates on projects and policies, and to preview decisions residents will be asked to make at the Annual Town Meeting in March. (This year it’s on March 24th — SAVE THE DATE!)
This will be a lot of information to absorb in 90 minutes! – On Thursday we will send out the directions for the feedback exercises. We also hope to post images of the Lincoln School design concepts so that you can formulate your thoughts and questions.
We are also mindful of the old expression, “measure twice and cut once.” The information-gathering phase in which the SBC and design team have been engaged is essential to our comfort that we’ve been as thoughtful, creative, and comprehensive in our approach to the Lincoln School building project as possible. In addition, the recent hiring of a design team for the Community Center project makes it important to ensure there is time to build collaboration and for everyone to be brought up to speed.
So when will we see some drawings? Soon. If August through October has been about collecting data and understanding priorities, then the next 2 – 3 months will be about “visual brainstorming.” This is when SMMA/EwingCole will translate our educational vision, community priorities, and the current conditions in the building into a wide range of renovation and/or new construction possibilities. We will need the community every step of the way! This is the phase that fell short in 2012. If the SBC, designers, and the community are not all engaged in the decision-making, we risk moving in a direction not ultimately supported by the Town. To help us launch into the next phase, please come to the State of the Town meeting from 9am – 12:30pm on November 4th!
These are some of the priorities articulated by our educators during a day-long session facilitated by our design team from SMMA and EwingCole. The Lincoln Schools have clearly defined priorities, our faculty and administrators are engaged in dynamic conversations about education, and the question the School Building Committee is trying to answer is: How will the building support our vision of education?
Here’s what’s happening to move the process forward this week:
Setting the Context: Phrases such as “21st century learning,” “project-based learning,” and “maker spaces” are used a lot. What do they mean? Here are a series of short videos and links that make them real. Enjoy — and please bring your questions and ideas to one of the workshops on the 17th!
We Want to Hear from YOU! We invite you to give us feedback about our blog posts, or ask us questions about the process. You can make a public comment by clicking on the “comment” button at the bottom of the post, or you can send a message directly to the SBC by clicking on “Contact the SBC” on the home page menu. Thank you!
What if you decided to redo your kitchen, hired a respected designer, and then asked a trusted neighbor to oversee the design and construction process? With a good professional and a tasteful neighbor, it might be fine, but would it really turn out the way you wanted?
We have a great design team, and we hope you consider the members of the School Building Committee to be “trusted neighbors.” At the same time, you are the “homeowners,” and we need your input and guidance in order to get this right.
So, PLEASE join us on October 3rd for one of the Community Workshop sessions. These workshops will focus on the layout of the Ballfield campus, and will generate critical information for both the school and community center study committees.
You might be thinking, “What do I know about campus layout?” We are all users of the campus, and we all have ideas and opinions about where the metaphorical appliances should go!
Here’s how to get ready for the workshop: