Nearly 75 percent of those voting in the Central Berkshire Regional School District on Saturday cast ballots to move the district forward in the process of renovating or replacing Wahconah Regional High School.
The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will recommend the School Committee approve reconfiguring grades to move Grade 7 up to the high school.
The move to consolidate resources will also relocate the preK program from Johnson School into the elementary schools and add one class.
The School Building Committee is leaning toward one of two new options developed in response to feedback at its last meeting, when the initial plans for a renovated Clarksburg School were proposed.
Proposals E and F pick up on the concerns raised over the size of the primary wing and the need for a gym. The committee appeared heavily in favor of Option E, which included a rebuilt and expanded primary wing, a new kitchen and cafe, and a 4,000 square-foot gym, smaller than the 5,000 square-foot
The School Building Committee got its first look at plans for a new or renovated school — and the cost gave members pause.
The initial project estimates range from $12 million to $24 million on the high side; most put the town's cost at about $8.75 million to $12 million.
A guided tour of Wahconah Regional High School is being set for this Saturday morning, Jan. 7, to give the community an understanding of the needs and limitations of the 55-year-old building.
The school was invited by the Massachusetts School Building Authority in July to enter the agency's eligibility phase. During this phase, the Central Berkshire Regional School District will vote on funding a feasibility study that will recommend a long-term solution for the school building.
Funds set aside for a feasibility study of Clarksburg School are coming up short.
The School Building Committee voted on Wednesday to kick a request for another $45,000 to the School Committee. The study is the first step in determining construction options for the 50-year-old school.
The School Building Committee has hired Jones Whitsett Architects Inc. to do the feasibility for a new or renovated school.
The committee's first choice easily passed muster with the Massachusetts School Building Authority at its last meeting.
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 city and Gilbane Building Company has settled on a guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new Taconic High School.
The price for construction only is $97,757,373, which is equal to the project established months ago by the state. Now that the bids for the construction are in, Gilbane and the School Building Needs Committee finalized that construction budget, outlining the cost of each item and subcontracts.
The School Building Committee is anticipating voting on a school project next spring.
But first it has to get a design team on board.
Some 27 companies have indicated interest in the school district's request for services, said Brian Laroche of Potomac Capital Advisors, the school district's owner's project manager.
The Parent-Teacher Group has raised $8,000 to purchase new laptops for the elementary school.
Cindy Brule, a PTG member, told the School Committee on Thursday that through many fundraising efforts, has raised enough to buy Chromebook laptops this school year.
Superintendent Jonathan Lev thanked the PTG for its donation and said the sch
There have been three mayors, five superintendents, 30 city councilors, 20 School Committee members, 50 School Building Needs Commission member, three state treasurers, and three directors of the MSBA, involved in building a new high school over the last decade.
On Friday, that effort came to fruition as city and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Taconic High School. The $120.8 million project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The 90 percent design drawings have been submitted to the MSBA but architect Carl Franceschi says the design work is much closer to 100 percent.
"We are actually beyond 90 percent completion of the full document," Franceschi, of Drummey Rosane Anderson, said.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Taconic High School project is scheduled for Friday, May 13.
The 3 p.m. ceremony will celebrate the start of construction on the $120.8 million new school. J.H. Maxymillian Inc. has already been working on the site in part of a number of early bids released. Gilbane Construction is the construction manager at risk, and will be heading the project and managing the subcontracting.
The School Building Committee hopes to have an agreement signed for an owner's project manager by July 11.
The committee, meeting for the first time since it convened last October, were given an update on the progress toward a feasibility study that will guide decisions on renovating Clarksburg School or building new.
A group of volunteers labored for years to create a school building plan that passed muster with state officials and held the promise of state money to renovate an outdated and unsound high school building.
In the 11th hour, residents concerned about the potential impact on local taxes campaigned to block the plan, arguing that the school could be repaired more cheaply and the state would still help.
Two out of three Selectmen are opposing the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School project.
The Selectmen voiced their opinions on the $64.8 renovation and new construction project after some 900 voters responded to a poll with more respondents asking the board to oppose it rather than support it. A total of 894 voters responded to the survey and 435 urged the Selectmen to oppose it, 377 urged the board to support it, 80 said none of the above, and two people didn't answer the questio
If voters on March 1 in Williamstown and March 15 in Lanesborough pass debt exclusion votes to allow the district to borrow the $31 million to $35 million local share of thee $64.8 million project, the first phase of renovation could start this August.
The gymnasium at Colegrove Park Elementary School filled with a thunderous "Thank you" as more than 300 children voiced their appreciation of their new school.
The moment came at the bidding of Jack McCarthy, executive director of Massachusetts School Building Authority, as a way to recognize a community that had voted to raise taxes to provide them with a new school.
"It's because you deserve it, you deserve a 21st century education, you deserve to be competitive not just with the rest of