CSD receives campus master plan, $ 49 million concept
Lavallee Brensinger Architects presented to the community of Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Community School District the final draft of the master plan, new building concept and recommendations for primary and secondary schools in Boothbay on January 27. Lance Whitehead of the company said after over a year of dating and surveys of community members, students and staff and weighing the needs and wants, the company determined two options for the CSD: a bandage of $ 14.5 million or $ 44-49 million. dollars in renovations and consolidation.
The BRES building is in good repair and has a few Americans with disabilities and safety issues, undersized rooms and areas lacking in natural light, Whitehead said; BRHS is in bad shape and in desperate need of refurbishment and correction to similar problems, but much more prevalent than BRES. If he noted the physical condition of schools, Whitehead said he would give BRHS a D and BRES a B.
Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS) 98 Superintendent Keith Laser said the company’s recommendation for renovation and construction would be an investment in the education of the future and could attract students and families. “A family planning to move to the area and watching high school right now – there isn’t a lot of appeal there… There is a lot of ‘new’ going on all around (we ), here, and it’s competition. We are competing for people to want to move to this area and want to enroll their students in our school. This would be an opportunity to stabilize registrations and increase them.
Whitehead said it was possible to incorporate some of the concept’s functionality into base repairs, but including all functionality would be “a stretch.” He said deferred maintenance includes replacement of heating and ventilation systems, lighting, gym equipment, work of records in science labs, roof, windows and plumbing. If the CSD continued to tackle these needs separately, it would probably take a few years before the CSD decides to link the rest of the projects; this cost would be about $ 1.4 million per year over about 15 years. If CSD opted for the $ 49 million renovation and consolidation, a 30-year repayment plan at current bond rates would cost less than $ 3.4 million per year or $ 2 million per year for Boothbay and 1, $ 4 million for Boothbay Harbor. The project would be completed in approximately two and a half years and would allow continued use of both buildings throughout construction.
BRHS director Tricia Campbell said the draft blueprint was timely and talented and talented director Emily Higgins said it had already created a buzz among teachers and staff. Higgins said, “I think the timing is right. Teachers in high school are collaborating more and more and also in elementary … One of the things that attracted me when I was hired here was the proximity of kindergarten to eighth and high school … I think that ‘ is an interesting vision, certainly something to ponder over the cost … It is a possibility for our schools. There are really a lot of kids who could come here and stay here and I think that would really help make it happen.
The next steps will take about a year and about $ 2.5 million in site surveys, technical engineering, site survey and wetland analysis as well as program design and finalization, Whitehead said. “We could start a project and with confidence during that time… refine all the estimates to know bond rates, bond schedules, and payment schedules so that we can come back… and be very specific about (everything).”
Businessman and philanthropist Paul Coulombe offered to raise funds of $ 2.5 million to prepare for the site. “I have no doubts that I could raise the $ 2.5 million on a local basis and get us to this point without taxpayer involvement if it makes things easier, more achievable and more acceptable. I think the more information the taxpayer has, the better off you are… Then they can vote for or against and didn’t endanger anything from the start. “
Laser said the potential for a public-private business should be discussed with the Maine Department of Education. Whitehead said many projects his company has worked on included donations. “Even in a publicly funded process, there is always room for philanthropic or private donations as part of the project, whether that is upfront dollars for early stages or designation of opportunities and companies under it. “
Ruth Macy, member of the CSD school committee, said The story of Coulombe’s generosity, it is important that any project is done well. “I want to make sure that whatever goes forward doesn’t move forward just because the money has been removed as a barrier. I think it’s really tantalizing, but I think we want something that holds up for the long haul and I just want to make sure that the stakeholders and the people who need to be involved in the decision making that it’s done right. .
Laser said he would check with the DOE whether and how private donations are allowed. Whitehead reiterated the importance of a quick decision as construction costs are rising by around 4% per year and bond rates will never be as low as they are now.
Whitehead said, “The goal when we started this master plan was not to create a master plan that was going to sit on a shelf and say ‘someday’. We want to avoid escalation (of costs) if we are to pull the trigger on this effort. We would like to do it now.