Check it out! The School Building Committee website (www.lincolnsbc.org) now features Google Translate so that the site is available in multiple languages. Look for the “widget” on the top left side of the home page above the main menu. We hope this makes the site more inclusive of and accessible to our community and to people in other places who sometimes drop by to learn about our process and project.
Want to get the latest update on the project? Join us for the SBC meeting on Wednesday, April 13 @7:00pm. The agenda and Zoom link can be found here.
…To the roughly 275 voters who attended Town Meeting yesterday! It was great to see everyone in the room and to hear the buzz of excitement from people who toured through the building. Many thanks to the students and faculty who shared their enthusiasm and answered questions, to the Girl Scouts for selling treats, and to all the town and school staff members who prepared the building, ran the technology, and kept us informed and organized.
Members of Harriet Todd’s family were on hand as we celebrated the dedication of the Lecture Hall in her name (video should be posted here in the next few days). Also, all three school project related warrant articles passed, for which the School Building Committee is very grateful.
A few more photos have been added to the March photo gallery. The next School Building Committee (virtual) meeting is on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00pm.
Town Meeting is on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30am in the Auditorium!
Middle School Open House 8:00am – 9:00am: Come see the renovated Middle School! (no guided tours, the public can wander through the building and faculty and student docents will be on hand).
Town Elections are on Monday, March 28 from 7:30am – 8:00pm in the Middle School (Reed) Gym!
What is Town Meeting? It’s the day when residents come together to vote on Town and School budgets, capital investments, town bylaws, and citizens’ petitions.
Who can vote at Town Meeting? Everyone who is registered to vote in the Town of Lincoln is a voter at Town Meeting! If you are a resident but not a registered voter, you are still welcome to attend. If there is a closely contested vote, you will be asked to move to a designated area while counting occurs. The meeting will be livestreamed, and state law requires in-person voting.
Will there be votes affecting the school building project? Yes! There are three votes that impact the project:
Article #11: Modular removal and field restoration: The School Committee has approved an agreement to sell the modular classrooms to the Nauset Regional School District for $550,000. From those proceeds the School Committee is asking for $350,000 to remove the modular school and restore the field. The work will include dismantling the temporary school, removing the concrete footers and temporary parking lot, and, finally, restoring the field. Nauset needs to have the classrooms in place for the start of school in Fall 2022. While the sale is happening now, the funds from the proceeds of the $550,000 sale, will not be available for use until FY2025. This means asking residents to approve Article 11 now in order to keep our project on schedule. Once the proceeds from the sale of the modulars are certified, they will be used to reimburse the town.
Article #10 is the list of projects recommended by the Capital Planning Committee. The list includes a proposal to reallocate the remaining $200,000 from the sale of the modulars to replace the building lighting control system in the Middle School. The Audacy system was chosen through the bidding process in 2020 and installed as part of Phase 1. It is a cloud-based system that includes smart outlets, manual controls, and occupancy sensors throughout the building. In 2021, Audacy’s new parent company announced that it would discontinue the system and eliminate product support in 2026 at the latest. In addition, the Audacy components installed in the Middle School have already proven to be problematic. Our project team has been a strong advocate for us, and the supplier of the Audacy system is providing us, free of charge, a replacement Lutron system that is similar to what is being used in the Hanscom schools. The Lutron system is now being installed in the Primary School. The $200,000 we are requesting, along with $135,000 from the project budget, will be used to remove the Audacy system and install the Lutron system in the Middle School over the summer. Addressing this issue now will save the Town money when compared to doing it in the future after the construction project is complete.
Article #24 is sponsored by the Select Board. Before construction began, as the SBC went through the value engineering process, the town agreed to utilize money in the Cable Fund to support new cable television infrastructure in the school. The Cable Fund comes from annual fees paid to the town by Comcast and Verizon. As a result, it takes votes over the course of several years to allocate funds to the project.
Here are the slides from last Wednesday when the SBC provided a Town Meeting update. Click here to see the March gallery.
In case you haven’t heard…TOWN MEETING IS IN THE AUDITORIUM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26 (9:30am start)! We are so excited to see everyone in person in the renovated Donaldson Auditorium and Harriet Todd Lecture Hall!
We will vote on three school project-related warrant articles this year:
Lighting Control System Replacement: The school is equipped with a system of smart outlets, occupancy sensors, and manual controls. A system manufactured by Audacy was part of the project bid in 2020, and the system was installed in the Middle School phase of the project. In 2021, Audacy’s new parent company announced that Audacy would be discontinued and product support would end in 2026. Additionally, the performance of the installed system was proving to be problematic. Our lighting supplier has agreed to provide, free of charge, a new system manufactured by Lutron to replace the existing system in the Middle School, however we need to pay for installation. A request for $200,000 is included in Warrant Article #10. The funds will be reimbursed to the town when the modular classrooms are sold.
Removal of Modular Units and Restoration of Center Field: The modular classrooms are being sold to another school district for $550,000, and they will be removed starting in July 2022. After the units are gone, the concrete footers and the temporary parking lot can be dismantled and field restoration will begin. Warrant Article #11 requests $350,000 for this work. The funds will be reimbursed to the town when the modular classrooms are sold.
Cable Fund Transfer:Article #24 asks residents to approve the transfer of $75,000 from the town’s Cable Fund to support cable television infrastructure in the school. This is the third and final transfer request for this purpose.
To learn more about the warrant articles and ask questions, tune in to Wednesday’s SBC meeting at 7:00. The agenda and Zoom link are here. (We know that the SBC meeting conflicts with the Candidate Forum being held in person in the Auditorium – both the Forum and the SBC meeting will be recorded and posted on the town website.) If you would like to submit a question to the SBC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Steven Perlmutter, and with immense gratitude that we remember the many contributions, both silly and serious, that he made to the School Building Project.
Steven became involved in the Lincoln School building project in 2013 when he volunteered to serve on the School Building Advisory Committee. What started as a 1-year commitment became an 8-year journey as he helped multiple committees to pull the community together and get us where we are today. In addition to his willingness to wear a giant “Count” costume during the 2017 4th of July parade, there were numerous ways we could “count” on Steven:
We could count on him to ask really probing questions.
We could count on him to emphasize the beauty of the school campus and the grandeur of its trees.
We could count on him to reach out to people in the community to understand their points of view about the project.
We could count on him to press hard for clarity of message and simplicity of presentation.
We could count on him to read the minutes very, very carefully.
And as we neared the December 2018 vote, we could count on him to be the project’s biggest cheerleader – “Time to put the pedal through the metal, everyone!”
For our part, Steven’s family and friends can count on the fact that Steven will always be part of our heart. We miss you, Steven.
Our thanks to everyone who came to Town Meeting! Residents overwhelmingly approved funds for new furniture and technology (FF&E) and the use of Community Preservation Act funds to build the new preK and Lincoln School Commons playgrounds as originally designed. These investments will have a very positive impact on our students and the wider community.