Town and school officials are preparing for the next round of voting on the $19 million school proposal.
School officials are hoping to get their reasoning for the renovation/addition out to the voters again. Town officials have set three information sessions leading up to vote focusing on the town's financial picture.
The School Building Committee wants to make clear the school requires major investment because of its condition and the consequences of another failed vote.
The Mount Greylock School Committee on Wednesday approved the guaranteed maximum price for the district's addition/renovation project.
As recommended by the School Building Committee at its July 13 meeting, the GMP is $52.3 million — a little less than the construction line item carried in the overall project budget.
The Taconic High School construction budget is trending on target, according to Thomas Meyer of the project managers Skanska USA.
Construction on the $120.8 million high school is 43 percent complete, and hitting the halfway mark in the coming weeks. On Monday, the School Building Needs Commission, along with state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Paul Mark, Mayor Linda Tyer, and an array of city councilors took a tour of the building.
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 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.
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 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 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.