Meeting Summary 7/5/12

Joint Meeting: CCHS Building Committee and Regional School Committee

On June 26, 2012, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) sent a letter to
the School Committee, school administration, and local officials indicating that funding
for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) building project has been suspended. The
MSBA cited concerns about the scope of the project, the project budget, and the location
of the alternate gym. The letter indicated that the district would need to submit specific
information and documentation to restore funding for the project. On July 5, 2012, the
Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee and Building Committee met in a joint
session and unanimously voted to fully comply with the MSBA requirements.
The CCHS Building Committee is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and is
responding swiftly and thoughtfully. The Building Committee acknowledged gaps in
coordination and communication both within the committee and between the committee
and the MSBA. As the project moves from the design and development phase into the
construction phase, the Building Committee voted to appoint Stan Durlacher as Chair.
Mr. Durlacher is a professional project manger with more than 40 years of experience
and leadership in the design and construction industry. He managed the construction of
Weston High School and has served as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The CCHS Building Committee respects the position of the MSBA and is fully
committed to moving the project forward in partnership with the MSBA. The Building
Committee has a meeting scheduled with the MSBA on July 16, 2012, and the final
response to the MSBA letter, including supporting documentation, will be submitted to
the MSBA by July 26, 2012. The committee plans to submit Design Development
documents that fully reflect the intent and scope of the previously submitted schematic
design, including completely separating the alternate gym from the main school building.
The Building Committee reaffirms that the project will meet the original cost projections, and the committee does not anticipate any delay in the overall project completion date due to resolving these issues.

From the beginning, the CCHS building project has been a partnership between the MSBA and the Towns of Concord and Carlisle. The ultimate goal remains: a Concord-Carlisle High School building project that is on time and on budget. The School Committee, Building Committee, and Concord and Carlisle Selectmen are committed to building a school that Concord and Carlisle citizens will be proud of and that will be an asset to our students and to our community.
View the slides from the July 5, 2012 joint meeting

submitted by Pam Gannon, School Committee Member

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