Friday, February 16, 2007
BOS considers Carlisle School expansion costs
A proposal to request approximately $3 million for design work to implement the first phase of the Carlisle School's Master Plan for building renovation and expansion was presented to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) Monday night by the Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC). No final decision was reached yet on whether to go forward with the project for Town Meeting on April 30. The Selectmen recommended a closer look at the economics of when the project is undertaken, considering it in the context of renovation needs at the high school, rising operating costs and the town's long-term financial planning.
One question Selectmen raised was how approval of design funds would fit in with the new process for requesting financial assistance from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). If voters approved design funds before the state agrees to aid the project, will that disqualify the town's aid application? On the other hand, it might be years before Carlisle's application is approved by the MSBA, and meanwhile construction costs rise by about 10% per year. SBC Chair Christy Barbee said later, "the SBC thought it might be better and cheaper to go forward with the project, but they will look into this more deeply." Selectman Tim Hult believes "The model built by the long-term financial planning group will be useful to find the break-even point."
Details of the financial planning model were presented at the Selectmen's meeting and will be described in detail in a future article.
The SBC will next meet March 2.
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