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Deadline for submissions for the January newsletter: Monday, December 16, 2013
Next PFA Meeting
Monday, January 13, 2014 - WHS Library
Meet and Greet with New Athletic Director Marc Arria
HIGH SCHOOL OVERRIDE UPDATE
A rebuilt high school solves three identified needs (meet current standards for educational programming; provide adequate space for design enrollment of 1370; and update/repair the facility to meet codes), and costs Winchester $85.4M with substantial financial aid of $44.5 million from the state.
If the override is not approved and Winchester does not have a comprehensive solution for WHS, the Town must still address pressing and expensive repairs to the facility.
Architects SMMA have analyzed what the costs might be if the Town were to address only building and minimal ADA code requirements (minimally solving enrollment pressures with portable classrooms).
They estimated construction and design contingency costs at approximately $62M, not including soft costs of approximately 20% ($12M) more. While these estimates have not been as fully vetted as the proposed project, they provide an informed view of the cost of just immediate repairs.
The Town does not have sufficient funds to accomplish these repairs, and Town leaders would need to make the case to voters to support overrides for these short-term solutions.
Also, a tax impact calculator has been created on the project website. Click here to see how project costs may impact your household if there is an affirmative vote on December 10th.
Be an INFORMED VOTER: With only three weeks until the vote, all registered voters are encouraged to be "Informed Voters".
Take a Tour: Please join the EFPBC on for the last hour-long (+) narrated tour, led by Superintendent of School Bill McAlduff, Director of Facilities Pete Lawson, and WHS Principal, Tom Gwinn. Come see firsthand the current condition of the facility and learn more about the proposed project.
Watch WinCam: Can't make it to a tour? Go to: <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?
> to view an abbreviated tour.
Read Up: Visit the project website <http://winchesterhsproject.
> and read any of the dozen issue papers that explain the project with attention to such issues as: enrollment, sustainability, project costs, site selection, educational program, phasing, etc).
Submitted by the Winchester High School Communications Working Group
The District has commenced a comprehensive review of technology in the Winchester Public Schools. For a report by consultants Sun Associates, click here.
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