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What are the plans for the Memorial School building? It make a big difference if the plan is to sell it and put on tax rolls or have it be a municipal property costing tax payers even more than the savings of the renovation.
This question is separate and apart from the School Building debate, as the MSBA has already indicated that they will not reimburse us for a project at the Memorial Middle School (AMMS), but it is important to ask nonetheless. Currently, the Town of Adams owns CT Plunkett and AMMS and leases them long-term to the School District. Once the building is completely finished being used as an educational facility (Projected Fall of 2012 if this project is approved), the Town will take over responsibility for the property. Within the community there have been two different perspectives of what to do with the facility, sell it or renovate it for community use.
During the construction and off-campus relocation all sports programs will remain intact. There are two different ways in which this will happen.
Why can’t AMMS just be renovated and maintained properly instead of just dumping money into it for a year?
From a reader: Why can’t AMMS just be renovated and maintained properly instead of just dumping money into it for a year? There are many structural flaws with that building (ie: ceilings collapsing, roof LEAKS and students’ lockers displaced due to flooding indoors, cracked walls, plywood seperating classrooms )…. Where has tax money gone??
AMMS has been maintained properly and within budget. The school district has spent over $880,000 over the past 10 years to maintain and repair this facility.
The ultimate decisions related to care of facilities in the district are in the support of the annual school budget by the town
meeting and the approval of the town meeting to allow the district to borrow for capital outlay. Rather than go to the towns and request funding without any state reimbursement the district is following the recommendations of the MSBA and will be reimbursed significantly.
Due to the age and the nature of the required renovations the MSBA has determined that the most cost effective project for our district is the one that is proposed.
It is becoming more and more of a challenge to address facility needs in a building that’s close to 60 years old. When the budget shortfall was over $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, the building became unoccupied to both balance the FY10 Budget and determine the long-term options of the district facilities through the feasibility study.
There is only one realistic option off campus. High school students will be re-located to Adams Memorial Middle School, while 7th and 8th grade students will occupy the former Notre Dame School. The cost to prepare the two buildings for occupancy and maintain them for a year will be a fraction of the cost to the project if students remain on campus. Significant improvements will not be made to the buildings as this is a temporary placement. Minimal upgrades to accommodate student technology needs will be evaluated and put in place.
There are two options to continue our progress during construction. The first is called “phasing” where students remain on campus. This option adds considerable time to complete a project, additional costs to provide multiple educational spaces throughout the project and creates less than adequate conditions for students and staff. This will add significant additional time and cost to the project.
The second option, chosen by the building committee and agreed to by MSBA, is taking students off-campus. This option will reduce the construction to one school year and reduce the non-reimbursable cost of the project. It provides the best educational environment for students during construction.
From 2000 to 2010, there has been approximately $900,000 in spending on various aspects of the facility needs, including $220,000 on building repairs, $200,000 on heating and plumbing repairs, $100,000 in electrical repairs and $40,000 for major roof repairs. A town grant also provided over $300,000 in funds for major upgrades to meet ADA requirements of the building.
On-going work to other district buildings include a replacement of the heating system at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, replacement of boilers at Cheshire Elementary School and replacement of the roof at Hoosac Valley High School.