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Friday, March 5, 2010

Carlisle School Building project to be presented at March 11 forum

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) spent most of their February 25 meeting planning for the League of Women’s Voter’s (LWV) forum to be held on March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The forum is being held to discuss the proposed Carlisle Public School building and renovation project, which will be the topic of a Special Town Meeting on April 5, with an election on April 13. At that time voters will be asked to approve bonding for the $20 million project. Through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) the town would receive a reimbursement of approximately $7 million for approved projects, while around $13 million would be ultimately funded by Carlisle. (See related article, page 1.)

Carlisle’s Annual Town Meeting will be held in May. However the SBC requested an earlier Special Town Meeting to facilitate the completion of the project by the fall of 2012 and to take advantage of current lower construction costs. The Board of Selectmen agreed, voting unanimously to call the Special Town Meeting.

At the March 11 LWV forum the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Facilities Master Plan Committee will also be presenting information about a proposed CCHS building project. Design funds for the CCHS project will be requested at Annual Town Meeting in May.

The heart of the Carlisle School project is to replace the aging Spalding Building, which currently houses Kindergarten and grade 1. Spalding was built in 1955 and renovated in 1988. The goal of the building project is to create a facility for PreK – grade 2, a central school entrance to enhance security and to repair and renovate other school buildings. Of the $20 million total project cost, the new building will cost roughly $12.2 million, while about $7.7 million will be spent on repairs and renovations. For more information on the Spalding Building, see “Carlisle School’s Spalding Building – renovate or rebuild?” 10/17/2008, Mosquito).

Chair Lee Storrs walked through a Powerpoint presentation, reviewing the goals of the project. The team also reviewed a host of “Frequently Asked Questions.”The architectural firm HMFH has provided the committee with schematic design drawings to help in the presentation (see drawing in the article “Carlisle School Building project heads toward a spring vote,” Mosquito, February 12.) The committee reviewed a flyer to be distributed throughout the town. Copies will also be available at the April 5 Town Meeting. ∆


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