On behalf of the School Building Committee, we are so grateful to our faculty, students, administrative team, custodians, technology gurus, and the project team for working so hard to get the building ready for the Ribbon Cutting and tours. Thank you Becky McFall, Buck Creel, Rob Ford, and Brandon Kelly for leading the tours and to the students and faculty throughout the building providing additional information. And a big thank you to the students and families of Cantibile for providing such beautiful music during the tours on Saturday. It was great to see so many people in the school on both Friday and Saturday!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in person or watched it on line. It was great to see so many members of the community and to share this moment with our project team, residents, students, and current and former faculty! Thank you, too, to Rep. Tom Stanley (Lincoln’s current state representative) and Rep. Carmine Gentile (our incoming Precinct 1 state representative) for taking time to attend the event.
Couldn’t see the school today? The school will be open to the public tomorrow morning from 9:00am – 11:00am! No need to RSVP – simply show up and stroll through the building. The time capsules are still set up (see the letter below!) and there will be people on hand to share information.
To see the SBC slide show that was playing during the event, click here.
If you would like to sign our digital guest book, click here and post a note, a photo, etc.
Stay tuned! There will be many more photos to come in our next blog post!
Did we mention that there’s a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 28th at 1:30pm?! Doors open at 1:00pm. Please let Amy Pearson, email@example.com, know you are coming.
Can’t be there in person? Watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting
Also, on Saturday, October 29th, the building will be open to the public from 9:00am – 11:00am! You will have a chance to see the school, AND you’ll be entertained by Catabile, a group of Lincoln School alumni (and current LS students): Victor Han, Henry Hussey, Nooreddeen Kawaf, Finn Larsen, and Luca Lee. The group’s Music Director is Rebecca Lee. Please come to hear these fabulous musicians!
The landscaping team is putting the finishing touches on the center field and the grassy areas around the school. In this image you can see new grass along the south end of the building and one of the many newly planted trees. We thank our students and the community for being patient with this part of the process. Someday the ropes will come down and we can all roam freely! Click on the October photo gallery to see more photos.
Highlights from this past Wednesday’s SBC meeting:
- Lots of grading and seeding all around the campus, including restoration of the center field!
- The end-of-project “punch list”, which had over 500 items in mid September, now stands at about 175. So many final details to take care of! Thank you to the entire team for getting them done.
- The slide deck from the meeting is here.
- The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is on Friday, October 28th @1:30pm! The entire community is invited! If you’d like to attend the ceremony and/or building tours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
- The Ceremony will be live-streamed at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting.
- The building will be open to the community on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am – 11:00am. Doors around the school will be open, no need to RSVP in advance.
- The contents of the 1994 – 1995 Time Capsules will be on display on both the 28th and the 29th!
More important dates:
- Monday, November 14th @ 7:00pm: Night 1 of the (virtual) 2022 State of the Town Meeting: Lincoln in 2050
- Topics include: Updates from the Community Center Building Committee; Council on Aging & Human Services; and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism Committee.
- Register for the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpduiorT0oG9GdnaMY_5AMocyCkOTQG_k5
- Tuesday, November 15th @7:00pm: Night 2 of (virtual) State of the Town Meeting: Lincoln in 2050
- Topics include: Updates from the Planning Board; Housing Commission; Rural Land Foundation; Green Energy Committee & Climate Action Lincoln; Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
- Register for the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcOGhrj4qEt1tt5MJp07ajcblANsCRV-f
- Wednesday, November 30th @7:30pm: Special Town Meeting
- Vote to approve funding ($325,000) for the next phase of a Community Center project. Funding would pay for architectural and project management services to develop a preferred design and budget.
- Meeting is in person in the Lincoln School Auditorium!
Where were you in 1995? Were you a student in the Lincoln School? Were your children in the Lincoln School? Were you teaching or working in the Lincoln School?
Before the current project, the Lincoln School was last renovated in 1994. During the 1994-1995 school year, students and teachers created time capsules that were designed to be opened in 2020. Covid and construction altered the timeline a bit, but now it is time for us all to climb into our time machine and see what our students were thinking about and predicting for the future!
The contents of the Time Capsules will be on display at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 28th! (details and RSVP information below!)
What will we find when we open the envelope?
What predictions did the 4th graders make about life in 2020?
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Friday, October 28, 2022, 1:30 pm in the Lincoln School Learning Commons
1:00 pm: Doors open
1:30 pm: Ceremony begins
2:30 pm: Reception in the Dining Commons
3:00 pm: Building tours leave from the Dining Commons
Materials from the Time Capsules will be on display in the Dining Commons throughout the event.
Additional tours will be offered on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
To attend the Ribbon Cutting in person, RSVP to email@example.com by October 21st OR set a reminder to watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting
What do the faculty, staff, and students think about being in the renovated school? Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“I just left the building from unpacking and the school is AMAZING! The town should be so pleased! The Library, Learning Commons, office spaces, classrooms….I could go on and on. There is an energy in the building and a true level of excitement. Thank you!”
– Kathy O’Connell, Math Content Specialist (and long time Lincoln educator)
“The natural light is amazing, truly a game changer!” – Bryan Kelly, Grade 3 teacher
“Love the glass walls in my classroom that open to the Hub. It’s changed the way I think about lessons and where students are able to work.”
– Matt Reed, Grade 4 teacher
“The Hub spaces give us more space to work other than my classroom!” – Grade 4 student
“I love my office! It’s more spacious and functions how I need the office to work!” – Secretary
“I like that it’s (the school) is big, a lot of space to walk around and the new playground is not just a field but has a structure and things to do.”
– Grade 4 student
“The cafeteria is really big and the food is great!” Grade 3 student
“The gym floor is rubber instead of wood. It makes your feet feel better and doesn’t hurt as much when you fall!” – Grade 3 student
Wonderful to have PK-8 students all in one physical building!” Gwen Blumberg – Literacy Content Specialist”Enjoy being located in a Hub space office with classrooms all around. Makes collaboration flow more easily and students see us as all teachers working together.” – Alechia Torchia, special education teacher
Lincoln School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, October 28, 2022 @ 1:30 pm! Building tours after the ceremony & on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.
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.
The new April photo gallery is 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.
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.