October 20th, 2011

posted Oct 21, 2011, 3:31 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us
Three Important Events:

1.    The Annual Fall Town Meeting will be held at Fowler School on Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM.
In my role as the current Superintendent of Schools in Maynard, I feel that it is important for me to analyze the data and provide information on the impact that the rezoning of the Clock Tower Place would have on your public schools.
Article 3 at the Annual Town Meeting will allow the rezoning of Clock Tower Place which could include approximately 300 loft or 1 bedroom residential units. At our last School Committee Meeting we had fervent discussion about the possibility of rezoning Clock Tower Place. The major concern from a school department perspective is the impact that additional residential accommodations could have on the student population. Greater student populations could potentially stress the current resources or increase in the total cost of education for the community.
The town hired a consulting group to study and generate an impact analysis on town services if the Clock Tower Place rezoning were approved. The school department was asked to supply student enrollment data and the most current enrollment projections. While examining the data we provided, we found that in 2004 we had approximately 120 more students enrolled than we do in this current school year. That suggests that our existing buildings could absorb a significant number of additional students. Also, the new high school was designed with some room for student population growth.
In addition to our raw data, you will find the draft results of the complete impact study at
http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/pb-ctp-school-impact- 20111017.pdf
as well as a traffic study at http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/wp- content/uploads/2010/07/pb-memo-traffic-20111017.pdf both of which will provide the reader with much information that can be used to understand article 3 before you attend the Maynard Annual Fall Town Meeting.
The impact study used a formula from the American Housing Survey. The study ultimately concludes that if the proposed residential project at Clock Tower Place were fully implemented, the potential impact for Maynard public schools would be 6 additional students. The consultants theorize that based on the Maynard per pupil expenditure the additional cost could be approximately $68,000. I disagree with using the per pupil cost factor in this calculation. If in fact the impact will only be 6 students, then based on the historical data from 2004 and the fact that we currently run reasonable
1class sizes at all levels, those 6 students would likely be assimilated into the classrooms we currently run with little or no expense increases.
Therefore, as Superintendent of Schools, I conclude that the addition of residential units at Clock Tower Place will be negligible and have a minimal impact on School Department resources or expenses.

2. Maynard Music Association's Casino Game Night will be at the Maynard Elks on Saturday October 29, 2011.
I have been asked to be a guest dealer at the Casino Game Night and I am looking forward to it! I hope to see a packed house. This event has been an important fundraiser for the Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School Music programs in the past and I am happy to do my part to keep such a worthy tradition going. Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information

3.    The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce annual Maynard Downtown Trick-or-Treat.
This year the Downtown Trick-or-Treat will be on Thursday October 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. I have heard from parents that this is a safe and family fun way to celebrate Halloween. For all of those celebrating Halloween, I will also attach a flyer with more information on this event.