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FAQ Topic: Education

What is a Construction Manager, who is ours, and what do they do?

It is the job of the Construction Manager to supervise and direct various operations within a building project. A Construction Manager must ensure a project is being constructed to the highest levels of safety and quality while making sure the project runs on time and within the allocated budget allowance. The Construction Manager selected for the Smith … Continued

Will enrollment at the Smith School increase?

As part of the MSBA funding assistance approval process, a projected student enrollment analysis was performed for all K-5 students in the District. Please note the following from the MSBA’s October 13, 2016 Enrollment Certification Letter: The average grade K-5 base enrollment forecast for the projected period through the 2025-2026 school year is 1,905 students. … Continued

What is the Smith School Project at a glance?

Facts Figure Square Footage 83,000 SF Student Capacity 465 students Parking Space 123 spaces Total Project Cost (11/1/18) $52.0 m Estimated Town Share $31.5 m School Stabilization Fund (FY19) $5.84m Special Town Meeting February 4, 2019 Project Start Fall 2019 Project Completion Spring 2021

Who is the architect for the Smith School project?

Tappe Architects of Boston, MA has been selected as the designer for the Smith Elementary School Project. For the past 40 years, Tappe has focused much of their practice on public schools with a vast majority of their projects being completed in Massachusetts. Similar projects include the Lunenburg Middle/High School, Melrose Elementary School Additions, Clyde … Continued

What is an Owner’s Project Manager, who is ours, and what do they do?

It is the job of the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) to represent the Town during the entire duration of the construction project. Among many other responsibilities, the OPM oversees the hiring of the Architect and General Contractor/Construction Manager, manages the project schedule and budget, and coordinates communication between the Town and the Massachusetts School Building … Continued

What is the MSBA?

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The MSBA strives to work with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools across Massachusetts. The Legislature created the MSBA in 2004 to replace the former … Continued

What does the project timeline look like?

Pending approval by Town Meeting on February 4, 2019, the estimated construction start date is September 2019, and the new school will be opened for the September 2021 school year. Please refer to the Project Timeline tab for more detailed information related to MSBA submittals.  Other important dates include: Board of Selectman Hearing – Tuesday, … Continued

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