On Tuesday, the School Building Committee heard a confident update from the district's construction manager, Turner Construction.
The last time the committee met, the new three-story classroom wing, central core and cafeteria had completion targets of July 6, Aug. 2 and July 26, respectively. Those dates have been adjusted to July 3, July 17 and July 24.
Committee members gave the district's construction team a deadline of June 5, the committee's next scheduled meeting, to come with a recommendation and a realistic assessment of any potential issues that could jeopardize the availability of the school's new spaces on or about Sept. 1.
Committee members offered some additional feedback about the orientation of the planned pre-fab building, but most of the discussion centered around the cost and, specifically, how to bring it in line with plan to leave $1.5 million in a building endowment.
That motion failed on a vote of 4-4, with Cohen joined by Steven Wentworth, Jesse Wirtes and Al Terranova. Hugh Daley, Mark Schiek, Paula Consolini and Principal Mary MacDonald, a voting member of the committee, voted against the change.
Richard Cohen pushed back hard against a decision not to purchase classroom whiteboards that are compatible with the touchscreen capability in the projectors the district has purchased — challenging both the decision itself and the process by which it was made.
Mike Giso of Turner Construction addressed a joint meeting of the school district's Transition Committee and the Mount Greylock School Building Committee to explain the revised phasing plan for the building project.
For months, the School Building Committee and the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee have been considering whether to include the parking lot in the ongoing addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock.
The district's School Building Committee on Tuesday learned that the construction schedule is being adjusted to reflect the reality that the building will not be ready for occupancy during April recess, as planners originally hoped.
On Thursday, the building committee approved $117,000 worth of change orders, including about $80,000 for a change to the roof of the renovated gymnasium.
Those and previously approved changes bring the contingency line down to about $1.86 million.
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.