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We Choose…

“We choose to go to the Moon! …We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win …”

President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962

As a Town, we always knew that developing a Lincoln School project would be complicated, and require a careful cost/benefit analysis of criteria and options. We are now at the heart of that process, and we need you.

The members of the SBC ask you to join us on January 23rd for a critical decision point: A series of 4 – 6 project concepts (and cost estimates), will be presented for your feedback. There will be two Community Workshops on that day — one at 8:00am, and one at 7:00pm, both in the Reed/Brooks Gym.

The goal? Help the SBC and the design team focus in on the most promising ideas.

Over the last few weeks the design team has developed and presented a number of very preliminary Lincoln School projects, ranging from basic code compliance, through renovation, to transformational, mostly-new designs. The cost estimates range from $45M to $95M. Please check out the following links:

Transformative Design Concepts 11/29/17

Renovation Concepts 12/13/17

Concept Cost Summary 12/13/17

Again, we need you to help focus the project! Please come to one of the Community Workshops on January 23rd: Morning session is at 8:00am, evening session is at 7:00pm, Reed/Brooks Gym.

ALSO:  On January 9th, the Board of Selectmen will host a multi-board* meeting to talk about how to structure the complex cost/benefit conversation that encompasses both the Lincoln School and Community Center projects. The meeting begins at 6:00pm, Donaldson Room, Town Offices. It is open to the public, and will be televised.

*Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee, School Building Committee, and Community Center  Preliminary Planning & Design Committee


  • I am not seeing the linkage between the transformative north design concept document and the renovation/demolition document. Are these two documents to be considered together?

    • Yes, they should both be considered. They represent two different approaches to a Lincoln School project–one that focuses on a compact footprint (transformative north designs) that strives to meet educational and sustainability goals, and one that emphasizes renovation, generally keeps the current footprint of the school, and addresses some level of the educational and sustainability goals.

      • Thanks for the reply. Keeping all of the balls up in the air at the same time is a big challenge for you folks, until we the “folks in the street” get to two or three alternatives and can consider the various elements together it is well nigh impossible. I hope there will be some reduction of alternatives with more focus on comparisons and consequences at the January meeting.

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