Welcome to the Millis Elementary School Building Project website. This site is devoted to informing the community about the Elementary School Building Project (ESBP) and the actions and deliberations of the Millis Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC). On the site you will find information about upcoming events, announcements and documentation regarding the project.
For questions on the project please email email@example.com or click on the email button at the bottom of the left margin.
CURRENT UPDATE FOR APRIL 27, 2017:
The Elementary School Building Committee have provided an informational flyer to help explain the needs and the benefits of the proposed project. Please click on this link to familiarize yourselves with the project ahead of the May 1st Town Election and June 5th Annual Town Meeting.
For a complete list of the public presentation meetings for this project please review the left margin of this webpage or the project's Facebook page. To view some of the recent public presentations or download the slide show then please click on the "Presentations" tab above. To view answers to some recently asked questions then please click on the "FAQ" tab above.
The Elementary School Building Committee held a community forum Thursday April 13th in Town Hall room 229 at 7:00 PM An overview of the work done to date, up-to-date plans, as well as the project budget and schedule were presented. Thank you to those that attended or viewed the Live Streaming from the comfort of your home to familiarize yourself with the project ahead of the May Town Election and June Annual Town Meeting
The Elementary School Building Committee held a community forum on Saturday March 18th in the Community Room at the Millis Police station at 10:00 AM. An overview of the work done to date, up-to-date plans, as well as the project budget and schedule were presented.
The Elementary School Building Committee held a community forum on Thursday March 2nd in Town Hall room 229 at 7:00 PM. An overview of the work done to date, up-to-date plans, as well as the project budget and schedule were presented. Thank you to all who came out to familiarize themselves with the project ahead of the May election and Town Meeting. To watch the video of this presentation then please click on this Video link.
Elementary School Building Committee Update (from February 16, 2017)
After a lengthy review of options for renovating and adding on to the existing Clyde Brown School as well as new school options and after community input on both the location and scope of the project, the Millis Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) submitted its decision to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for approval.
In September 2016, the MSBA approved the Town of Millis’ preferred option to replace the existing CFB. For the past several months the ESBC and the School Department, with the assistance of the architect and project manager, developed the schematic design which is roughly 25% of the whole design process. In March, the ESBC will submit this proposed design, along with the, budget, requested maximum reimbursement and schedule for the proposed project to the MSBA. The MSBA Board of Directors will vote at their May 10, 2017 meeting to formally approve the project’s scope and a funding agreement.
At its February 15, 2017 meeting the ESBC reviewed the estimated project budget that had been developed by the architect’s project estimator and reviewed by the Town’s project estimator (retained through Compass Project Management, our project manager consultant). The budget includes estimated construction costs and “soft costs” (design costs, administration costs, furniture and equipment and project contingencies.) This budget will be submitted to the MSBA for approval at their May 10, 2017 meeting.
The ESBC finalized the land swap parcels with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). A copy of the plan that was presented at fall Town Meeting 2016 can be viewed here. The Project team presented the final Land Transfer plan at the School Committee Meeting on November 1st prior to the fall Special Town Meeting.
The project achieved approval of the Preferred Option submission from the Mass School Building Authority in September 2016. Please click on the design tab for renderings of the approved conceptual site plan and floor plans.
For those residents unable to attend the second Community Forum held on 4/13/16, the presentation can be found on Presentation tab of this website.
As a reminder in order for the ESBC to submit the Preferred Schematic Report in June the school district must have control of all land where the current building and any of the new building options are sited. Presently the Town controls land where a portion of the existing Clyde F. Brown School sits and all the land where the two new school options would be built. The mechanism for the control of the sites from the Town to the Schools is a two-thirds vote of Article 44 at Town Meeting on May 9, 2016.
The Elementary School Building Committee has created a Question and Answer document that provides a detailed overview of the issue. If after reviewing the referenced land swap Q&A you still have questions about the issue you will have two opportunities to learn more about the issue and have your questions answered:
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
In Millis, we focus on personalizing instruction and are severely constrained by our facilities. Our Clyde Brown Elementary School, while well maintained, now poses challenges in supporting our educational plan and vision for the students of Millis. In order to build upon our success as a District it is critical that we provide an environment for our students that supports the educational plan. The feasibility study phase affords us the opportunity to determine the best strategy for upgrading our facility to insure our educational objectives are met as well as address much needed building systems and infrastructure issues.
In concert with the MSBA, we have developed a Timeline for the project that will result in final selection of a preferred option in May 2016. The MESBC is determined to conduct a fully transparent and process-driven analysis to determine the preferred option. To assure that we have optimum public input in that decision, we will be hosting three community forums between now and then. We strongly encourage townspeople to monitor social media and this site for information about those forums.
For additional information regarding the specific needs driving the project please view our Project Needs Summary in the Feasibility Study Tab.
Meet our Architect with a short 3 minute video.