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What’s Happening…With Construction?…At Town Meeting?

Construction Phase Begins!

Faculty and staff have been very busy packing up the school! Grades K-4 are getting ready to move into the temporary school and grades 5-8 will move into Smith. On June 8th Brooks will be turned over to Consigli and will officially become a construction site. Between now and then, there is a lot going on. For those who like the details, click here for the 4-week look-ahead schedule.


Town Meeting is Saturday, June 13th, 9:30am, Hartwell Parking Lot

In March, the SBC had planned to request up to ~$2M to restore items to the project that were eliminated when the construction bids came in $3.5M over the final estimates. Because Town Meeting was postponed due to COVID-19 and with the revised guidance of the Finance Committee, the SBC took another look at the proposed list of items and has reduced its request to $829K. Originally, there were 19 items on the list, one of which was restored to the project through negotiations with a subcontractor (yippee!) The SBC looked at the remaining 18 and asked the following questions: 1) What is the decision deadline for the item? 2) Can the item be added at a later date? 3) If it can be added, what is the potential cost impact? Below are two charts that summarize that analysis. 

SBC Virtual Community Forums: Thursday, June 4th @ 1:00pm & Monday, June 8th @ 8:00pm – details TBA. Much more information about Town Meeting can be found at http://www.lincolntown.org/1116/2020-Annual-Town-Meeting

Just for Fun…

Town Meeting will be held outdoors under a tent in the Hartwell parking lot. How big do you think the tent is? Click here for the answer. 

June 8th – A Milestone Day!

Almost two years to the day after residents came together to choose option “L3” at the Special Town Meeting, the renovation of the Lincoln School will begin! What can we expect to see? (Click here for a reminder of the overall timeline.)

  • Construction fencing will start to go up around the Brooks end of the building
  • Top-soil will be stockpiled
  • Interior demolition and abatement will begin
  • Utility work will begin

Prepping for (potential) June 13th Town Meeting

The Town is planning for a June 13th Town Meeting and a June 15th Town Election. We are waiting to see what the Governor says within the next 24 hours, but given the necessary logistics and mandatory deadlines, committees were asked to prepare.

  • The SBC met with the Finance Committee last Monday to get an update on the current thinking about the Town budget and to understand the impact of the pandemic.
  • At its meeting last Wednesday, the SBC voted unanimously to ask the School Committee to ask the Board of Selectmen to place an article on the new Warrant.
  • All the members of the SBC are sensitive to the current financial climate and, at the same time, trying to keep an eye on the long-term value of the renovation project.
  • The SBC re-examined the $2M+ list of items it had originally planned to present to the Town in March using the following criteria: 1)What is the “decide by” date for the item? 2)Is it possible to add the item to the project at a later date? 3)What is the cost impact of doing the work in the future?
  • Based on those criteria, the SBC plans to present a list of items totaling $629K and, in addition, a request for $200K for furniture, fixtures, technology, and equipment (FF&E).
  • The SBC will meet with the Finance Committee on Tuesday, May 19th at 8:00pm.
  • The next SBC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00pm.
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