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WVN 23: high school project estimates $54-56 million

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    WAYLAND VOTERS NETWORK July 2, 2004 Dear Wayland Voter, Preliminary cost estimates for each of the three options being considered by the High School Building
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      July 2, 2004

      Dear Wayland Voter,

      Preliminary cost estimates for each of the three options being
      considered by the High School Building Committee were presented at
      the HSBC meeting July 1, as follows:

      OPTION 1 - $56,109,116
      Maintain and renovate all existing buildings.
      Add new buildings for Gym, Auditorium, Science Labs, additional
      classroom space, and Commons addition.

      OPTION 2 – $53,981,609
      Maintain and renovate existing Field House, Math/English Building,
      Arts Building, and Media Center.
      Demolish Language, Social Studies, Science, and Commons buildings.
      Add new buildings for Commons, Gym, Auditorium, Science Labs, and
      majority of classroom space.

      OPTION 3 – $55,493,557
      Maintain and renovate existing Field House.
      Demolish all other existing buildings.
      Build entire facility new except for Field House.

      These options will be presented in detail at a public forum Thursday,
      July 8, Wayland High School L1 Lecture Hall, 7:30pm. (Tour of high
      school begins at 6:30pm, meet in cafeteria.) This public forum is
      your primary opportunity to ask questions of the committee and to let
      them know what you think, before the committee selects one option to
      be fully developed and presented to voters for their approval or
      rejection. (Selection of one option scheduled to occur by July 29.)

      It's important to note that the cost estimates above are NOT complete
      or final. Several big ticket items are not included (synthetic
      athletic field, air conditioning, others). Also, based on reactions
      to the above estimates by several committee members, it's likely that
      efforts will be made to reduce these estimates. The project manager
      said there are three aspects that can be changed to reduce costs:
      square footage, contingencies, and some building materials. Even so,
      it appears that savings would amount to only a few million dollars,
      unless the design components are changed in a significant way; e.g.,
      certain elements which are not crucial (850-seat auditorium? new
      gym?) are eliminated. What are those elements? It's not clear,
      because the committee has never prioritized all of the components.

      During public comment at the July 1 meeting, someone asked, "What are
      the bottom line things that have to be done at Wayland High School…
      what are the basic things?" The committee did not respond. I
      repeated the question and pointed out that myself and others had
      asked that question at earlier meetings; I also repeated an earlier
      request for an `Option 4,' that would be based on essential needs.
      The committee did not respond.

      A videotape recording of the July 1 meeting will be broadcast on the
      Wayland cable TV channel next Wednesday, July 7, at 7:00 pm. This
      broadcast is made possible by volunteer camera operator Richard
      Turner, in cooperation with Jim Mullane at WayCam.

      A reminder that the public forum will be held the following night,
      Thursday, July 8, 7:30pm, High School L1 Lecture Hall (Language
      Building). If you cannot attend, you can still give your feedback to
      the High School Building Committee by calling the chair, Lea
      Anderson, at 508-358-2667.

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      Wayland Voters Network
      Margo Melnicove, Chair
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