1. The wetlands line shown on the Bowman plan shows the setback, not the actual wetlands.

-        Everything on the site is jurisdictional and will be handled accordingly.

2. At the Bridge School, you are adding 2 classrooms and a music room?

-        We are showing the addition of a 2 gen education classrooms, one of which is a Kindergarten classroom, 1 Special Education classroom and an Art/Music room for a total of 4 spaces.

3. If there is an addition off the end of the building at Bridge, would some trees need to be cut down?

-        This has not yet been evaluated given the early stages of the project, but it is a possibility as the concepts are developed and further investigations are completed.

4. How many bathrooms for each gender will be added?

-        A code analysis is currently in process that may result in the addition of 1-2 bathrooms for boys and 1-2 bathrooms for girls to meet the updated occupancy requirements. This increase would result in 10 bathrooms for boys and 10 for girls.

5. Are there plans to replace the play spaces that may be impacted by construction?

-        We will first address the code requirements and then move on to impacts and plans for the play spaces. The concepts being shown are the only options that work for Bridge and Bowman.

6. Will the additional bathrooms apply to both Bridge and Bowman?

-        Yes, the changes will apply at both schools.

7. It looks as though there is more space being added at Bridge than originally planned.

-        The dollars associated with the Bridge School in the consensus plan include the special education space that will be added at Bridge. There have been slightly more funds available to the Bridge project in order to meet the special education space needs.

8. How many pre-fabricated units will be added to Bowman?

-        The preferred concept shows the addition of 3 prefabricated spaces.

9. Do all of the elementary schools have to be 24 classrooms?

-        The plan includes 24 general education classrooms per elementary school. This does not include special education or programs such as Art and Music. This will provide adequate sized general education classrooms and more Art/Music space in order to minimize overcrowding.

10. Does the concept of adding 24 classrooms come from the expectation of having 4 classes per grade? How does this work out when the third grade has 5 classes?

-        The classroom quantity was arrived at by looking at the median pattern. The District is currently short space for 500 students from PreK through high school.

11. I am concerned that taking the existing modular units out will make the school shy of 2 general education classrooms, especially given the growing ELL program.

The only fact at this time is that classrooms via prefabricated buildings are going to be added. Removing the existing modulars is a goal, but this will not happen if it does not make sense for the school and program. We do not know the answer to that question at this time. There is a meeting in July for which our task is to gather more substantial information and gather public input, as well as gather data and cost information regarding the impacts to the taxpayers. This meeting will determine what projects are going forward and no decisions will be made until that time. The same group that developed the consensus plan will participate in this meeting and develop another consensus plan identifying how we plan to move forward. School Committee will meet prior to Summit.

12. I have heard talk about moving the PreK out of the Harrington School. What are the implications to Bridge and Bowman when going forward with some of these plans if PreK is moved out of Harrington?

-        If the PreK classrooms at Harrington can be moved out to a separate, stand alone location, this would take the pressure off Bridge and Bowman as far as student distribution. For the most part, this would mostly impact Harrington at this time, as it will add capacity to Harrington.

13. At the BOS meeting Monday, there was talk about availability of classrooms at Harrington that might mean expansion to the other schools might not be necessary.

-        We have been asked to look at this concept in response to that question. We are looking at 5 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all with different challenges and concepts.

14. Based on school master plan completed a few months ago, it is understood that 8 of 9 of our schools are over capacity. We have a PreK, ES and MS problem. Public Facilities, Design Team, SC are currently working on how we can improve this over the next 5 years.

-        The information is very fluid and constantly changing as investigations are ongoing. We still have a very overall vision of what needs to be done and are not into the details yet. Ken: we also do not have detailed surveys on every site completed.

15. Would the play area relocation/improvement at Fiske also be completed for the next school year? How much of the site would be impacted?

-        Play area would need to be completed. We are also recommending other improvements to parking, drop off and bus access which may take place after the units are in place. We not only have to replace the space that the building will be taking over, but also provided improvements.

16. The prefab units at Fiske will stay if a bricks and mortar addition was done in the future?

-        The prefab units that would be added are the same as the ones at the high school, as opposed to the ones at Diamond and Hastings.

17. In order to get a hallway through to the prefab units, one of the Kindergarten classes may have to be made smaller. Is this something that would be completed over the summer when kids are not there?

-        Yes. We have several options for how to use the space in order to not diminish existing Kindergarten spaces. Work to be completed on existing structure would be completed during off hours or during the summer. Educational programs will not be displaced.

18. What types of materials can we expect for these units?

-        We do not have any hard facts regarding the exact materials. Exterior building materials could be any number of materials, including brick or metal. The performance of these units will include energy efficiency and the same heating and ventilation system as existing building.

19. We are adding a special education classroom, but is not counted towards a general education. If we have high enrollment, would this space be able to turn into a general education classroom?

-        Concerned that this space would make it tempting to change the use of this space.

20. Would the special education addition at Bowman and the other schools be sufficient to run the current programs or is this more of a band aid?

-        We are looking at all of the programs that need attention, while maintaining the big picture of the project and the district. We have been directed to keep the concepts simple and in line with the consensus plan. The consensus plan includes information related to the enrollment increase over the next 5 years. The current plan includes a flexible plan by adding classroom capacity in the short term with prefabricated space and in the meantime discuss concepts for future additions for growing enrollment. The new Hastings project will also create more space, which will take several years. The studies occurring at this time will give the policy makers the information and options they need to provide children with the proper education without too much of a burden financially.

21. Clarification:

Bricks and Mortar at Fiske is being investigated for the future expansion, not to happen now.

22. Your current schedule shows bricks and mortar additions at Diamond. Is bricks and mortar at Clarke out of the question?

-        MS forum will occur next Wednesday at Diamond. Showing options at both middle schools for consideration. Work at Clarke is not out of the question.

23. How much do the prefabs for Bridge and Bowman cost?

-        We do not have a cost estimate yet. The constructed cost estimate from the SMMA study was roughly $3 million for the three spaces.

24. Would make me feel more comfortable to know that extra space at schools will be filled.

-        School Committee noted they would like to be around 90% capacity at this time in order to allow for flexibility & growth, but could also be in a position to be building too quickly and this impacts taxpayers. Enrollment working group projection at the midpoint would mean 1 extra classroom at each school in 5 years.