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Friday, July 3, 2009

High School to study renovation needs, options

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) voted on June 25 to reactivate the Facilities Master Plan Committee for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) in order to create a Conceptual Master Plan of facility needs by the end of the year.

The RSC appointed members to the new committee and approved its mission. The committee will be made up of Superintendent Diana Rigby, Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations John Flaherty, Facilities Manager Dave Anderson, RSC members Jerry Wedge and Louis Salemy, Concord Selectman Elise Woodward, a Carlisle Selectman yet unnamed, CCHS Principal Peter Badalament, CCHS teacher Brian Miller, Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee member Brian Crounse, Concord Police Chief Len Wetherbee, Carlisle citizens Michael Fitzgerald and Karla Johnson, Concord citizens John Boynton, Charlie Sample and Michelle Ernst and a CCHS student yet to be named. The RSC had put out a request to the communities over a month ago for citizens who would like to help in this effort. Wedge said, “We had an overwhelming response to [this request].” He said the applicants were qualified.

According to a memo to the RSC, Rigby stated the goal of the new committee is to develop a Facilities Master Plan that “articulates the existing deficiencies, needed systems upgrades, and new space requirements. The plan will integrate needed repairs and show how and when those repairs fit into an overall plan. The transformative plan will have the flexibility of improving the existing facility all at once or over time. This plan will be the basis for comparison to the recommendation of the 2005 study of building an all-new facility.”

The work of the committee will be organized in three phases. The first phase will incorporate reviewing previous studies, understanding MSBA requirements and evaluating the possibility of being accepted into the state program in the next five to ten years, helping to prepare and advertise a Request for Proposal for architectural and engineering services, negotiating a contract and timeline, verifying enrollment projections, updating the Educational Specification and organizing community outreach.

Phase II will develop options that significantly transform the existing facility to address issues of educational excellence, safety and security, sustainable design, long term maintenance and multi-phase projects. Cost models will also be developed. The committee will select the preferred renovation option and prepare plans and three dimensional views, presenting a Conceptual Master Plan to the RSC before December, 2009.

Phase III will develop the preferred option into a detailed plan showing relationships between spaces, overall circulation patterns, the use of daylight, etc. A plan for phasing this option will be prepared. A sequence will be identified for completing the plan as one continuous project or a sequence of smaller projects. Cost models will be created for the sequence. A final cost analysis with financing options will be presented to the community. The memo states, “The goal is to decide on which direction to move based on the costs/benefits of each solution and the willingness of the community to financially support a solution.”

The first meeting of this committee is July 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Ripley School Administration Building in Concord. The committee will abide by all open meetings laws. ∆

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