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New Year, New (Brick) Face

The final layer of the exterior of the building is now being installed on Building D (Dining Commons)! The new brick face layer was chosen to mimic the style of the original building. Significant progress is also being made on the interior finishes. Starting in Building D and continuing through Buildings E, F, G, and H, sheetrock is being installed followed by taping, priming, and painting. Click here to see the new January photo gallery!


At Wednesday’s SBC meeting, the project team presented a progress update and the current status of the project budget. The presentation can be found here. One of the topics was an update about furniture, fixtures, & equipment, affectionately known as FF&E.

  • As was discussed last year at this time, the original budget for FF&E was $2.1M. When the construction bids came in over budget, $1.5M was taken out of the FF&E budget to help close the gap. At last June’s Town Meeting, the town voted to increase the remaining FF&E budget by ~$200K.
  • With the Middle School opening this fall and the Primary School scheduled to open in Fall 2022, the administrative team is taking a detailed look at what what can be purchased with the existing FF&E budget, what additional FF&E is required for the opening of Middle School, and what can be delayed until there is further funding available.
  • In preparation for this year’s Annual Town Meeting (MOVED TO SATURDAY, MAY 15th!), the SBC and the School Committee will begin conversations with the Capital Planning Committee and the Finance Committee about FF&E funding.

Now I know my ABCs (and buildings D, E, F, & G)

The visual image that came out of this past week’s SBC meeting was of waves. Waves of sequential work that are rippling through the school starting in building section D (former Library) and moving west to east through sections E, F, G, and H (Reed Gym).

The work is both on the exterior and interior. On the exterior, the many layers of the building envelope are being put in place: vapor barrier, insulation, concrete block, brick, and roofing. On the interior, there is new framing, new electrical wiring, new piping for heat, plumbing, and fire suppression, and then new drywall installation. Click here to see some recent images.

Other noteworthy information:

  • Despite snow, COVID, etc., Phase 1 of the project remains on schedule to be completed by June 22, 2021.
  • Snow storms and winter weather are built in to the construction plans and the schedule. In the photo below you can see the heated exterior structures that are built around fresh masonry work to ensure they cure properly.
  • The presentation from 12/16 meeting is here.
  • The next SBC meeting is on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00pm.

On behalf of the SBC Outreach team, we wish you and yours love, friendship, and moments of reflection and joy as we close out 2020 and welcome 2021. See you in January!

Thankful for…

  • The thoughtfulness and care of everyone working on the design and construction of the school project. Click here for the presentation from the November 24th SBC meeting.
  • Our faculty and students who are showing their imagination and resilience against the twin backdrops of pandemic and construction project. Note the creative outdoor furniture in the photo above.
  • The community’s participation in our first ever virtual State of the Town meeting. Click here to find the recordings from all three evenings. The SBC presented on night 1 (November 17th).
  • The generosity of community members who have made many donations that will greatly enhance the school for generations to come:
    • The Friends of the Lincoln School Project collected donations from more than 65 residents to fully fund the new Primary School pedestrian/bike path! They’ve raised more than the $36,926 needed to pay for the path. As was explained to donors, excess donations will be used for new furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E).
    • The Codman Trust donated $28,223 for the new pedestrian bike path leading to the Middle School and Codman Pool. Click here to see illustrations of the two paths.
    • The anonymous donor who funded the new Learning Commons courtyard.
    • The Class of 2020 Tree Fund now stands at $35,500.
    • Thanks to the Harriet Todd bequest, the Auditorium renovation is underway!
    • The Apsler family donated funds to add back the built-in benches in the new Auditorium connector and the concrete walkway to the west of the Learning commons.
  • No significant COVID costs for the project.
  • Drone technology that gives us this fun view of the project. Click here to visit the November 2020 gallery.

Next SBC Meeting: December 16th @7:00pm.

Ready for Town Meeting?

With fingers crossed for blue skies and gentle breezes, we are ready for Town Meeting on Saturday!

Logistics – see campus map below

  • 8:15 Voter check-in begins  
    • Voters will get a pre-assembled packet with handouts, voting card, paper, and a pencil for writing down questions
    • There will be a first aid station with hand sanitizer, extra masks, water, etc.
    • Volunteers who are handing things out will be wearing gloves and masks
  • 9:30 Town Meeting begins

Prep Materials


Take a virtual tour of the school!  

Lincoln Middle School Principal, Sharon Hobbs, created a video documenting each room of the school as it currently looks. It’s about 40 minutes long, and the 1st half features the Smith School and the 2nd half Brooks. It will be fun to compare the “before and after” in 2 years’ time.  Thank you, Sharon!

Project Progress

  • The elementary school has been moved into the temporary classrooms
  • The middle school has moved into the Smith end of the building
  • Construction fencing is going up
  • Earth is being moved
  • Click here to see photos!

Just for Fun – How do you secure a tent that big?

This Time Was Different…

Over the past 18 months, the SBC has gone through several rounds of lengthy and difficult decision-making to cut costs and keep the project on budget. At each step we used our core project values to make tough choices, and through the 90% construction document phase, we were able to make cuts without impinging on those values too much.

The last round was different.

In December, the project went out to bid and the marketplace got to have its say. Now we saw the impact of a combining a complex, phased renovation with a hot construction market and changing trade policy. The bids came in $3.5M over budget. So…we rolled up our sleeves once again – February was rough! Cutting $3.5 million out of the project meant that the SBC, for the first time, needed to eliminate parts of the project that we had tried really hard to protect. Parts of the project that represent our collective community values.  Values identified after years of community conversation and collaboration.

As a result, we are asking residents to approve using $829K from Free Cash to restore 8 items (below).

To quote Chris Fasciano, SBC Chair, “…the SBC is acutely aware of the pressure of the current [COVID and financial] situation and we have given this request a lot of thought. In the end, we feel the responsibility of delivering a school project that has the most long-term value for our investment. We don’t want to look back in five years and regret that we didn’t present the community with a choice about whether or not to include these pieces of the project.”

Want to learn more? Have questions?

  • Watch the 1st SBC Public Forum here.
  • Fill out this questionnaire (the link to the video is also imbedded) and ask questions.
  • Register to attend the SBC Public Forum on Monday, June 8th @8:00pm

Just for fun…What does the school look like from up in the air? (scroll down to find the answer!)

Have you registered to attend an SBC Public Forum?

Town Meeting is in 10 days! Do you have questions about the school project vote? Join us at one of the following virtual public forums. Want to ask a question ahead of time? Email us at sbc@lincnet.org

June 4th SBC Public Forum, 1:00pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvceCsrz0pGt1A7qYxnlPMcq-lkqRoy-H7

June 8th SBC Public Forum, 8:00pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsduChqDkoE9wL-nzLlwfL8q5Jb2SSo09W

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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School Project Vote @ Town Meeting

Town Meeting is on Saturday, June 13th at 9:30am in the Hartwell parking lot.

Because of COVID-19, this year’s Town Meeting is going to be set up quite a bit differently from usual. For starters, it will be outside! Also, it will be focused entirely on the Town’s budget and other financial warrants, one of which is the SBC’s request to use $829K from Free Cash to add 8 items back into the project. Another change is that all of the slide presentations are being done ahead of time and posted on the Town Meeting page of the Town’s website. In addition, boards and committees (including the SBC on June 4th and June 8th!) are holding virtual public meetings/forums to give residents the opportunity to ask questions. Here is a list of all the virtual meetings:

To get a sense of what to expect the morning of Town Meeting, below are two maps showing the set up for the day. Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, the Moderator, Selectmen, Board of Health, and Lincoln’s administrative team are all working together to finalize the logistics. Please join the Town Meeting Overview/BOS Listening Session via Zoom on June 12th to learn more and ask questions!

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.

Building in the Time of COVID-19

Project Progress: Over the past couple of weeks the temporary faculty parking lot has been paved and striped and the construction fencing around the temporary school has been coming down!

Packing Up: This week the Lincoln School staff began the process of packing their classrooms and offices for the upcoming move! With the school closure extended through the end of the school year, the administration worked with our team of architects from SMMA and Consigli Construction to create a plan to begin the move process in order to create more time for construction.
The Lincoln School was originally scheduled to be packed and moved by late June. The revised timeline now brings the completion of the move to the end of the first week of June allowing Consigli access to the building the week of June 8th. This will not affect the already established overall timeline of the project but will provide some additional time to allow for unexpected delays due to unforeseen conditions or potential work delays due to COVID-19. Consigli may begin work that will not interfere with the packing and move prior to June 8th. In order to ensure the safety of all of our staff involved with the packing and move, a comprehensive protocol was developed to make certain there is minimal contact between persons and that all surfaces are cleaned before and after each space is occupied. Small numbers of staff are scheduled throughout the building on specific days and times over the course of three weeks. When teachers are packing, their team members are covering remote learning from home for their students. This is a huge endeavor under challenging conditions. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our Lincoln School faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as, our facilities and technology staff who are all going above and beyond to make this happen! We will be prepared to start the next school year in the temporary modular building and the Smith portion of the Lincoln School. – from Superintendent Becky McFall

Town Meeting/Town Election Update: The Town Moderator and Board of Selectmen have rescheduled Town Meeting for Saturday, June 13th and the Town Election for Monday, June 15th. As of now, the State of Emergency extends through May 18th. Because Lincoln had already signed a Town Meeting warrant back in February, we are required to hold Town Meeting within 30 days of the lifting of the State of Emergency. This is why the date was set for mid June. To meet the deadlines for holding a Town Meeting/Elections, Town boards and committees need to move full steam ahead to plan for both events. If the state of emergency is extended? Well…at least we’ll be prepared!

Meeting This Week! The SBC is meeting via Zoom this Wednesday, 7:00pm (Details to join the meeting will be posted along with the agenda on Monday. Visit https://www.lincnet.org/Page/4876.) In addition to a construction update, the main purpose of the meeting will be to review the list of value engineered items that the SBC had planned to bring to a vote in March. These are the ~$2M worth of items that were eliminated from the project to keep it on budget, but that the SBC decided were important to the long-term value of the project. At Wednesday’s meeting, the SBC will get an update from the Finance Committee about the current state of Town’s financial picture and discuss how best to move forward with that list.

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