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So here’s the dilemma…

…what is the right number of choices?

Currently there are 6 school concepts under consideration, ranging from $49M to $115M, and offering different levels of transformation of our educational spaces.

  • Some community members say this is too many choices for June 9th.
  • When the School Building Committee eliminates concepts, some community members wonder if there are solutions we’ve missed.
  • We get a lot of feedback that the community values a solution that transforms the educational spaces & is sustainable.
  • We get a lot of feedback that the price tag is high.

How would you narrow it down? We need you to help us answer that question on April 10th! (two workshop sessions: 8am & 7pm, Reed/Brooks Gym)

Why attend? What are we going to do?

  • Get more in-depth information about both the Lincoln School and Community Center concepts, including sustainability information.
  • Make the case! Which concepts do you think we should put forward on June 9th? Your feedback will have a direct impact on how we shape the Special Town Meeting.

A bit of history…

  • Many months before the 2012 vote on the Lincoln School project, the SBC of the time had to choose a “preferred option” to submit to the State.
  • After many public meetings, the committee used a complex evaluation matrix that weighed criteria such educational benefits, community benefits, sustainability, construction time, and cost.
  • The project did not get the 2/3 majority it needed at Town Meeting.
  • After the vote, the School Committee promised that in a future process there would be a Town vote to choose a pathway.
  • This is why multiple concepts are being brought forward on JUNE 9th!
  • We want you to be part of the process to help us determine how many/which concepts should be considered.
  • There’s more work after June! There will be a Special Town Meeting and a Ballot Vote to approve the $ in the fall (dates TBA soon!) A 2/3 vote at the STM, and a majority vote at the ballot are required for the project to happen.

Important Dates:

  • April 27th, 1pm: Are you eligible for a property tax exemption, deferral, or abatement? Bemis Hall
  • April 30th, 6pm – 7:30pm: Multi-Board Meeting – Update on “Campus Project Briefing Document” & discussion about June 9th Special Town Meeting. Hartwell Multipurpose Room
  • April 30th, 7:30pm – 9pm:  Looking at Costs – hosted by the Finance & Capital Planning Committees. Hartwell Multipurpose Room
  • May 3rd, 9am: SBC @ Lincoln Nursery School
  • May 5th: SBC @ Lincoln Library. Time TBA
  • May 11th, 10am: SBC @ Council on Aging
  • More to come, stay tuned!

1 Comment

  • How about giving choices ordered by price points? For example, what is the best design option for $50 million, $60 million, $80 million, $90 million, and $100 million? Or pick different price points, but just tell us what we get for X dollars. Maybe at the higher prices there are a couple of options. I’d like to think first in terms of price tag, then architectural solution. Since you need support for both the price tag and the design, maybe it would be good to tease those apart a bit. (If you can’t get support to spend $100 million, then no design solution at that price will work.)

Thoughts? Comments? Questions?

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