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Gene Raymond (New school Design Architect)
Introduction of presenter:
Becky Seidel and Dina Moniz welcome attendees and introduce presenter, Gene Raymond. Gene was invited to the Bell PTO meeting to present the design plans for the new Bell-Coffin-Gerry Elementary School.
Presentation of the New
Bell-Coffin-Gerry Elementary School:
May 6&7 Town Meeting Vote
June 18th Town Vote
The new school will be a 450-student school with PK-3. The school would have 5 classrooms per grade, with class sizes between 18-23 students/class.
There are advantages of a larger school. Some of these include: Flexibility in classroom placements, full-time specialists, flexibility in scheduling, professional learning communities, all special education programs housed in one building and the ability to accommodate grade-level enrollment bubbles.
The Bell site was chosen for many reasons. Some include: Least neighborhood impact out of the 24 options, most off street parking and queuing, most outdoor play and learning space, accommodates expansion, and provides exterior play space and a gymnasium for community use.
Reuse of existing site within walking distance of community services and retail establishments, potential access to Marblehead’s Bicycle Network, 15-20% less energy us than required by the Energy Code (20-25% better than LEED min), infrastructure for Future Photovoltaic Electrical Generation and vehicle charging stations, water use reduction via low flow fixtures and native plantings, construction and demolition debris to be diverted from landfills, sustainable and locally sourced materials with environmentally preferable life cycle impacts, abundant natural light which has a direct line of sight to the exterior for over 75% of the spaces within the school and energy efficient lighting.
July 11th 2018 Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) issued to the MSBA, Re-submitted September 12th 2018
October 31st– MSBA BOD Approval
December 20th 2018 Schematic design submission issued to the MSBA
Febuary 2019- MSBA BOD Approval
May 6&7 2019 May Town Meeting/ Debt override vote
July/August 2019 Student move/relocations from Bell
September-February 2020 Abatement and Demolition
April 2020-April 2022 Construction
July 2022- Project complete/Summer move
Questions and Concerns:
Safety questions (active shooter, hurricane, tornado)
Multiple exits, exits from the second floor, all glass is impacted rated glass (due to the proximity to the ocean)
Will food be delivered to school for lunches? There will be a full kitchen with food prepared on site. There is also the option for breakfast and earlier drop off in the morning.
Will the extended learning spaces be too open? ELS will be open with pull out spaces and low walls. If parents are concerned about distractions or other issues, there is room for changes on the design of these spaces and concerns can be addressed at the Building Committee meetings.
What will the tax implications be?
Budget is $54 million- State support $14 million
$630,000 home ~$280/year
$820,000 home ~$310/year – This is a 20 year bond HS and Vets will be dropping off
$1,500,000 home ~$700/year
Significant amount of storage. Classrooms have built in cabinets “abundance of storage”.
Are there bathrooms in the classrooms?
PreK, K and Special Ed have bathrooms in their classrooms and hallway bathrooms towards gymnasium and a large bathroom for boys and girls upstairs
Is there space for staff?
Teachers room and separate bathrooms
Is there natural light?
There is a sky light on the second floor that runs the length of the building. There are holes in the floor for light to make way to the first floor rooms and many windows
Is there access to the roof (ex; Gardening etc.)? Yes, but for maintenance only
Are there solar panels? The building will be set up for panels should they want them in the future.
What form of protection is there around the outdoor play space? There will be fencing and some sort of stone or concrete barrier
Is there an elevator? Yes
Will it be air conditioned? Yes
Will the windows open for fresh air? Yes, windows can open, but to the discretion of administration. There will be a top notch filtration system in place as well.
Should enrollment increase, will there be room? Yes, the school has expandable space to create 4 additional classrooms. The cafeteria and gymnasium already have extra space.
Will there be lockers? Yes, in the hallways
Gene Raymond completes his presentation and the meeting moves to PTO related business.
General PTO Meeting items:
Becky Seidel of the PTO talked through a range of events and activities we will be looking for parent volunteers to support – including events this spring: Fun Run, Plant sale, Red Sox baseball day and field day. We will be sending out separate sign up geniuses to recruit helpers and will add information to our PTO website and Facebook pages.
BELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Discussion about Bell Scholarship Fund-information coming out next week
BELL PTO VOTE ON “VOTE YES” CAMPAIGN
A motion brought by Sarah Fox to take a vote on whether or not BELL PTO would share information regarding the “Vote Yes” campaign. Motion seconded by Katie Martin. All vote, yes.
What are some “Vote Yes” key talking points?
Gentleman was directed to the “Vote Yes” social media pages for ideas
Will there be an opportunity for the public to see the interior of Glover before the vote?
There will be an open house at Glover on April 6th 10-12 for those who would like to see the features and layout of a newer school
How can we make this a pleasant experience for students that are in the transition phase but will not attend school at Bell following the completion of the new school?
Parent involvement in cleaning up Eveleth and Coffin, while also personalizing them to make students feel some sort of ownership of their “new” school.
Date for next General Meeting: TBA.
March 28th: Building Committee is hosting a Public Forum at 7 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium.