By Alice Waugh Lincoln officials are reworking a document from the rejected school building project in preparation for resubmitting it to the state, and town residents will be asked for an as-yet-undetermined sum of money for project planning expenses at Town Meeting later this month. The School Committee last week began going over the town’s…
Do you have a future or current Lincoln-Sudbury high schooler? The LSPO needs your auction donations to help fund students’ technology education needs. At the “Spring Forward with Technology Gala” on March 23 at Nashawtuc Country Club, attendees can bid on donated items at a live auction. Proceeds from the event will help update the…
State officials this week gave a thumbs-down to the “L-shaped proposal” for the Lincoln school project, saying it’s different than the one they approved earlier—and therefore it doesn’t qualify for a promised $21 million in state aid for the work.
In a February 27 conference call, Massachusetts School Building Authority officials told Superintendent of Schools Becky McFall and School Committee chairman Jennifer Glass that the L-shaped proposal is a different project because the “sizes, locations and adjacencies” of the rooms are different, meaning the project has a different scope of work from the previously approved project, and also because there is a change in the ratio between new construction and renovation, McFall and Glass wrote in a school district email on Thursday.
By Alice Waugh
School officials have formally asked the state to approve a new “L-shaped” design for the Lincoln School so the town can still receive $21 million in state aid that was promised as part of an earlier plan approved by the state but which didn’t garner enough resident support at Town Meeting.
The L-shaped proposal advocated by residents including Douglas Adams and Ken Bassett calls for retaining the 1994 portion of the Smith building and demolishing and rebuilding the older portion closer to Brooks, thereby reducing the size of the block of new construction just south of the current Brooks building. Proponents feel this option would retain more of the “campus green” feel by maintaining more physical separation between the younger and older groups of students and making fewer changes to the landscaping.
With an expanded array of bingo and raffle prizes, Bingo Night netted about $3,500 for the Lincoln PTO earlier this month.
Hundreds of people packed the Brooks gym on February 1 to compete for a roster of prizes topped by an iPod Touch. The PTO sold 440 bingo cards and more than 1,500 raffle tickets. “After the initial push, two ‘floaters’ walked between tables and sold additional tickets. The crowd also devoured 65 pizzas (though the last few were sold near the end of the evening at a discount).
(Below is an unedited version of an email sent out to Lincoln School parents by the Lincoln PTO.)
Been hearing bits and pieces of what’s happening with a potential Lincoln School building project since the November 3rd Town Meeting, but haven’t been following very closely since the big meeting? Parents were noticeably absent at the first of two charettes to give the Lincoln School Committee guidance about a future school building project for our town. Please plan to participate in the final input session on Thursday, January 31 from 7-10 p.m. in the Brooks gym, and spread the word to fellow parents so they know the importance of parental voices in the process.
First, a bit of catching up and contexting since November…
Would you like to help kids learn about science? The Lincoln School is looking for adult volunteer mentors to coach teams of students for the seventh annual Science Share on April 8, 2013. What is a Science Share? It’s an opportunity for students to explore a topic in the science and technology field outside their…
By Alice Waugh How do you really feel about the school building project? The Lincoln School District is surveying town voters to find out what they like and don’t like about the plan that was voted on in November—and what would garner more support for the project. Registered voters may complete the survey online or fill…
By Alice Waugh
Heeding the School Building Committee’s call for more public input on what the school building project should look like, dozens attended a January 9 SBC workshop and asked for a building that considered the needs of the broader community and was closely connected to its surrounding natural environment.
The workshop’s goal was to reexamine the guiding principles and evaluation criteria that were used in developing the school project. Residents broke into groups and contributed ideas that were then written on poster paper hung on the walls of Reed Gym.
The SBC will decide on a final consolidated set of criteria at its January 22 meeting.