The committee agreed with its School Building Committee that a renovated parking lot should be kept in the project if contingency fees are available, and Greenfield architectural firm Jones-Whitsett presented options to redo the athletic fields at the school.
It is still eight months before the first classes are held in the renovated Mount Greylock Regional School.
But the members of the School Committee and School Building Committee who got a sneak peek on Thursday had no trouble picturing what those classrooms will look like.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week signaled that the School Building Committee should consider keeping a parking lot rebuild and outdoor amphitheater on the table as the true cost of the school building project comes into sharper focus.
The Selectmen are opposing adding a parking lot and amphitheater to the Mount Greylock building project.
The Mount Greylock Building Committee says the project been trending under budget, with both bids and interest rates coming in low. The committee is considering using some of that expected savings on both a parking lot renovation and the construction of an outdoor amphitheater, two projects which had previously been pulled from the project to trim the budget.
Members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee again counseled cautious optimism on Thursday about the positive numbers it is seeing as the project continues to be bid.
The district's owner's project manager reported that as of now, the construction budget is running about half-million dollars below the budget agreed to with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The chairman of the district's School Building Committee reported that because of cost savings realized to date in the $65 million addition/renovation project, he is hopeful that the building project will be able to add a badly needed parking lot resurfacing project back into the project.
As the three-story academic wing at Mount Greylock Regional School began to take shape this week, the budget for the renovation and addition project continued to take shape on Tuesday evening.
The School Building Committee voted unanimously to award $14.6 million in contracts — about 23 percent of the total $65 million building project budget.
The Mount Greylock School Building Committee continues to receive good news about its timetable and cautiously optimistic reports about the bids for the $64 million addition renovation project.
At its February meeting, the committee heard that the project is still generally on track with its budget — with some bids coming in lower than expected and one coming in 8 percent higher than estimated.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee last week took a break from talking about the district's future to recognize how its present staff is working diligently to help move the project forward.
Robert Ericson, a Lanesborough selectman and former member of the School Committee who serves on the SBC's facilities working group, told his colleagues that he did not think people realized how much work Jesse Wirtes and the custodial crew do.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement.
By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design elements that could be modified or eliminated if bids on the project come in over budget.
The highlight of Tuesday's meeting was the announcement of senior Jesse Cohen as this year's recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.
MacDonald noted that while Cohen's academic achievement is demonstrated from his top 5 percent class ranking while pursuing 11 Advanced Placement courses out of the 28 classes he has taken, his achievements go beyond the classroom.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee recently agreed to hire a consultant to help purchase furniture, equipment and technology for the new academic wing and to use an umbrella insurance policy to cover all work during the project's remaining two years.
The committee voted 8-0-1 to accept a proposal from Point Line Space of Carlisle to manage the procurement and installation of furniture and technology for a cost of $70,400.
It was all smiles and laughter at Friday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation and addition at Mount Greylock Regional School.
But it was worth remembering the sometimes bumpy road that brought the district to what School Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek characterized as, "one big milestone on the project path we're on together."
The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is on track to hit a couple of milestones this week.
On Monday, the School Committee will float $30 million worth of bonds to pay for the renovation and expansion of the junior-senior high school.
Williamstown residents can expect a tax rate increase of about 8 percent in fiscal 2017 thanks largely to the expansion and renovation of the junior-senior high school that voters approved earlier this year.
On Monday, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen that he expects to see an overall increase in the tax rate of $1.27 in the coming year, a hike of 8.03 percent over last fiscal year.
On a clear day, from the Mount Greylock Regional School parking lot, you can just make out the scaffolding surrounding the War Memorial at the summit of the school's namesake.
There is no missing the evidence of the two-year construction project under way at the junior-senior high school.
Add another line to the resume for the staff at Mount Greylock Regional School, which helped kickstart the junior-senior high school's renovation and addition project this summer.
"I have to commend Jesse [Wirtes] and Larry Burdick, the head custodian, and all the custodians," Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald said last week while giving a tour of the sometimes torn up interior at Mount Greylock. "Larry had a one-month crew, actually it was faculty and staff who wanted some work. They c
Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening.
It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.
The process of renovating and rebuilding Mount Greylock Regional School began when the school year ended last week.
"We started pretty much the minute school was out on Tuesday," facilities supervisor Jesse Wirtes told the School Building Committee on Thursday. "The custodial department turned the school upside down on Wednesday.
Not all the talk at last Tuesday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee focused on allegations of state law violations or rehashing of budget battles from the local elementary school.
Principal Mary MacDonald gave the committee a list of the colleges at which members of the class of 2016 have been accepted. Several members of the class have been accepted at multiple competitive colleges and universities, she said.