May 11, 2020
Dear Maynard Community,
As you may be aware, Maynard Public Schools and the Town of Maynard have been accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) program to address the Green Meadow Elementary School deficiencies. The MSBA provides substantial reimbursement to communities for new school buildings or renovation projects. Being accepted into this program allows the Town of Maynard and Maynard Public Schools the opportunity to renovate or replace Green Meadow Elementary School, which was originally built in 1955.
The process established by the MSBA requires that a School Building Committee be created. The committee's role is to oversee the process which includes planning, design, and construction. If you are interested in serving on this Committee, please send a letter of interest to Mary Jane Rickson, Interim Superintendent of Schools, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01331, no later June 1, 2020. Members of the Committee will be chosen based on skill set and/or a lottery system and who meet the requirements as set forth by the MSBA. Citizens with experience in architecture, engineering, project management and large construction projects are encouraged to submit a letter of interest. The final make-up of the Committee will be recommended for approval to the Board of Selectmen through the School Committee.
The first task of the School Building Committee will be to collaborate with an architect, an engineering firm, and a project manager to conduct a Feasibility Study. The study will evaluate the school’s structural, mechanical and programmatic deficiencies, survey the school’s campus, develop enrollment projections, and identify a shared vision for the future of the Green Meadow Elementary School. The Feasibility Study, will take 18-24 months to complete, wth an anticipated cost of $750,000. A citizen vote is required and will need to happen within the next year. The cost of the Feasibility Study is subject to reimbursement from the MSBA at a rate between 40-55%. The exact percent is not known at this time.
Upon completion of the feasibility study the community will be asked to support a renovation, remodel, or the building of a new elementary school. As noted above, the project would be subject to a significant reimbursement from the MSBA.
Thank you for your interest in the process. Maynard Public Schools values your input and encourages you to apply to serve on this committee.
Mary Jane Rickson
Interim Superintendent of Schools