Sunday, January 8, 2017

Campus Planning Meeting with the City Council

On Jan. 3 the School Board had a joint meeting with the City Council to further discuss what to do about GMHS and MEH. We went through all the work that had been done by the working group - my thanks to Marybeth Connolly, Letty Hardi, Erin Gill, and John Lawrence for their work on the group,.
A whole bunch of options were presented from "do nothing" to "full new school." The middle options fell into the categories of phased construction and renovation+expansion. No decisions were made, except that (in my understanding of the discussion) that "do nothing" wasn't an option.
I think we have started to move toward limiting the options. First, it seemed to me that folks wanted to keep a new school on the options list because the cost wasn't that different from renovation+expansion. There was also a lot of support, and some opposition, to the phased construction approach.
We may be narrowing toward a couple of options. First, a new school costing in the neighborhood of $110M dollars. Second, phased construction or additions that would be done over time. This could cost as much or more as a new school, depending on how much of the current school was kept - the more you spend, the more new school you have, and the more land your free up for development. The big disadvantages are delayed development and a longer period of construction. The big advantages ore flexibility and affordability.
I'd be happy to talk more about the options, and your thoughts on them. You can reach me at
Happy new year!
(These are my personal views and not the official statement or records of the Board. They are not minutes but my personal summary of some of the highlights from the meeting.)


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