Sunday, November 20, 2011

High School Project - Part 1 (audio)

The first of 8 segments recorded during the School Building Committee Informational Forum held on Nov 17, 2011

Time: 22 minutes, 45 seconds

Show Notes

This internet radio show or podcast is number 93 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This is the first of a series of 8 audio segments recorded during the informational session on the new high school. The forum was conducted by the School Building Committee and held at the Horace Mann Auditorium on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011.

This first segment covers the opening remarks by School Building Committee Chair Tom Mercer.

Tom review the origins of the planning for the school, the drafting of four plans including a couple of renovation options, and eventually the invitation by the MSBA to join the Model School program. This option provides the best reimbursement rate to the tax payers of Franklin. While some may still say that renovation is the way to go, there is no money for reimbursement of renovation costs for the field house from the state.

If Franklin insists on renovation, then the entire bill would be paid for the the taxpayers of Franklin. If the model school option is approved, then up to 58% of the costs would be paid for by the Commonwealth.

New facility is 306,543 sq. feet.
Existing facility is 312,571 sq. feet

While the new high school would be about 6,000 sq foot smaller, it would increase the educational space by 30,000 sq feet. One factor for this increase is that the number of classrooms increases from 52 today to 58 in the proposed facility.

Without further ado, here is the recording from Thursday evening Nov 17th


Be sure to listen to the other parts of the series:

Part 2 – Jim Jordan, partner and owner of Ai3 Architects – overview of the project
Part 3 - Q and A
Part 4 - Q and A
Part 5 - Q and A
Part 6 - Q and A
Part 7 - Q and A
Part 8 – Q and A and closing

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark &Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission

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