Wednesday, June 24, 2020

School Committee Policy Manual: FCB - Retirement of Facilities

From the Franklin (MA) School Committee Policy Manual, the text of the "Retirement of Facilities" policy

"When a school building becomes inadequate by virtue of age, condition, size of site, lack of need, or other overriding limitations, and cannot reasonably and economically be brought up to the current educational standards, the building should be considered for a comprehensive closing study. The Superintendent will recommend to the Franklin School Committee which facilities appear to justify further analysis.

The School Committee may seek both professional advice and the advice of the community in making its recommendations as to the retirement of any school facility. This will permit the public, which originally acquired the property, to benefit from its recycling or retirement.

A closing study will include direct involvement by those neighborhoods considered in the study and will be concerned with all or some of the following factors:

1. Age and current physical condition of the facilities, its operating systems, and program facilities.
2. Adequacy of site, location, access, surrounding development, traffic patterns, and other environmental conditions.
3. Reassignment of children, including alternative plans according to Committee policy.
4. Transportation factors, including numbers of children bussed, time, distance, and safety.
5. Alternative uses of the building.
6. Cost/Savings
  • a. Personnel
  • b. Plant Operation
  • c. Transportation
  • d. Capital Investment
  • e. Alternative Use

7. Continuity of instructional and community programs."

Find the text of this and other School Committee policies online

Once the School Committee has deemed a facility to be retired, then and only then would the Town Council be in position to make a decision. (aside from individual councilors would likely be involved as stakeholders during the School Committee process)

ladybug on the grounds near the entrance to Davis Thayer Elementary School
ladybug on the grounds near the entrance to Davis Thayer Elementary School

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