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to the informational website for the Abington School Building Committee.
The Abington School Building Committee (ASBC) hopes you will visit frequently
to find up-to-date information about the project.
We invite you to check this website often
and hope you will use it to locate accurate and up-to-date information.
To see Abington's preliminary building plans and drawings,
click on the ABOVE IMAGE of the NEW SCHOOL
(please allow 20-30 seconds for the images to download to your screen)
or scroll down on this page to
see links to more detailed information!
T H A N K Y O U
At the Special Town Meeting held on Saturday morning,
September 27th, Abington voters approved
the funding for the proposed school building project !!
The final vote tally was YES 961 - NO 20 (98%)
See video of the announcement of the voting totals
HOWEVER, please understand that this Vote of Approval is only
"part 1" of a 2-part vote requirement. On Saturday, October 18th,
the polls will be open at the Abington High School Gym
from 8am to 6pm for the ballot box election.
While about 1,000 voters attended the September 27th
Special Town Meeting, we expect that several thousand voters
will cast a "Yes" or "No" vote on Saturday, October 18th.
If a majority of the October 18th voters vote "Yes",
Abington's school project will proceed forward
to final design and construction.
If a majority of the October 18th voters vote "No",
then the school project will not proceed forward.
Above photo shows the full-house crowd in the AHS Gym
during the September 27th Special Town Meeting;
several hundred voters also voted from the AHS Cafeteria.
YES 961 NO 20
To view a video of the entire
Sept 27th Special Town Meeting,
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Abington High School Gymnasium
Voter Check-In starts at 9am; Meeting starts at 10am
We hope to conclude this meeting by Noon
(a 2/3 vote or greater is required for approval)
BALLOT BOX ELECTION
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Abington High School Gymnasium
Polls will be open from 8am to 6pm
(a majority vote or greater is required for approval)
What do you mean you won't be in town
and you can't vote on October 18th ??!
Sure you can ...
Click on the above "VOTE" button
to read information about how to cast
your "absentee ballot", or how to obtain
a ballot for a family member or friend
who cannot get to the polls between
8am - 6pm on Saturday, October 18th.
GREAT NEWS for ABINGTON !!
MSBA votes to formally approve
state grant funding for
Abington's proposed Middle/High School project !
September 25, 2014:
The Abington School Building Committee (ASBC) is pleased to report
that the Executive Board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority
(MSBA) voted yesterday to formally approve Abington's
proposed new co-located Middle / High School with Pre-Kindergarten.
The Board approved a total facilities grant for the proposed project of up to $50,182,784.
The approved total project budget of $96,400,000 encompasses the maximum project costs
to be incurred, including the design and construction of the school and its playing
drainage systems, utilities and parking lots; demolition of the existing high school;
the purchase and installation of technology infrastructure, new computers, furnishings
and science equipment; 21st century technology and building security systems;
and a $5,121,623 contingency budget.
State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the MSBA, expressed his appreciation
for the large contingent of Abington project representatives who attended
the Board meeting in Boston, noting that it demonstrated the level of local support
for the project. Senator Keenan and Representative Diehl were in attendance
and spoke in support of Abington's project. The Building Committee also appreciates
and wishes to acknowledge the public support of the Abington Board of Selectmen,
Abington School Committee, Abington Finance Committee, Abington Planning Board,
Abington Education Foundation, Abington Green Wave Boosters,
our various youth sports organizations, the Rotary Club, and the many
Abington residents who have attended our meetings and public forums.
The school feasibility study, the grant application process,
and this successful MSBA vote have truly been
a community wide effort for the Town of Abington.
At a Special Town Meeting held on September 27th,
voters approved the proposed school project
by an overwhelming vote of YES 961 - NO 20.
The MSBA's grant is now only conditioned upon Abington's ability
to obtain a majority or better vote of approval
at the Ballot Box Election to be held on Saturday, October 18th
(polls will be open from 8am to 6pm at Abington High).
The Abington School Building Committee
would like to extend our THANKS
to the following local civic groups and town committees
who recently VOTED TO PUBLICLY ENDORSE
Abington's School Building Project
and to SUPPORT the town's application for
state school construction grant funds:
Abington Board of Selectmen
Abington Finance Committee
Abington School Committee
Abington Education Foundation
Abington Rotary Club
Abington Green Wave Boosters
We appreciate your support and confidence
in the School Building Committee's research and efforts.
Have you seen The Globe today ?
"Abington to vote on town's first new school in 50 years"
Please click on the newspaper icon above
to read a copy of an article which appeared in the September 18th
edition of The Boston Globe (in the "Globe South" section)
In case you missed it....
Open Public Information Forum which was hosted
by the School Building Committee on Sept 4th.
The entire video is about 93 minutes long and has plenty
of updated and detailed information for your review.
QUESTION: Which Other Local Towns have Built a New School
or completed a Major School Renovation Project within the Last 20 Years?
ANSWER: According to the Massachusetts School Building Authority,
EVERY community out of 38 local cities and towns
has completed a Major School Renovation Project
or completed a New School Construction Project
within the last 20 years... EXCEPT FOR ONE TOWN:
== ABINGTON ==
See Map below, which is based on information compiled
from the Massachusetts School Building Authority's state website
To view the above Map in PDF format (which may be easier to view),
NOTE: The term "Major Renovation" (shown in YELLOW and ORANGE on the above map)
is the categorization utilized by the MSBA to identify projects
which have completed comprehensive renovations that go well beyond those associated
with a window, roof or boiler replacement project AND which also addressed
the long-term comprehensive needs of their school facilities, both physically and educationally.
The MSBA has a SEPARATE category for those limited projects which repaired or replaced
roofs, windows, or boilers -- those projects are categorized as "Green Repair" projects.
The majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts (including Abington) have completed
at least one Green Repair Project, but these types of projects
are NOT classified as or considered by the MSBA to be Major Renovation Projects.
What does the above data from the MSBA tell us?
Abington is the ONLY local town which has NOT completed
a Major School Renovation Project or a New School Construction Project
within the last 20 years ... in fact,
Abington has not undertaken a major renovation project
or a new school construction project
IN OVER 50 YEARS
...and the MSBA will vote on Sept 24th whether to award Abington
a state school construction grant to pay for approximately
HALF of the cost to build a new Abington School !
Do You Remember When?
For a brief history of past school construction in Abington,
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What benefits will a new technologically-updated
Middle/High School Building provide
to our students and to our community?
How will a new school enchance our school system?
What will the Tax Impact be on your Property?
With the assistance of our Town Treasurer, we have prepared
a chart to help you estimate the tax impact if
1) the state pays $50 million of the $96.4 million project cost
2) the town borrows $46 million to pay its share
3) the town borrows the money over a 30-year term
4) the town obtains an interest rate between 3.5% - 4.5%
The chart indicates the various estimated tax payments due
for the FIRST year (decreasing each following year)
for several levels of "Assessed Values of Property"
To review the costs and values, please click on the Cost/Value icon below:
We've been trying to do our homework!
In April 2014, members of the Abington School Building Committee,
local residents and town officials toured 5 local schools
which were funded by MSBA construction grants:
East Bridgewater, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham and Marshfield
Would you like to take a look at some photos?
of other Local Schools Funded by MSBA Grants
To review the DRAFT plans to replace our
1937 Middle School and 1963 High School buildings
with one new consolidated building, featuring...
- Separate Wing for students in Grades 5-8
- 5th&6th Grades share 1st floor; 7th & 8th Grades share 2nd floor
- Separate Wing for students in Grades 9-12
- Offices, Library and common areas situated between the two wings
- Each wing will have separate bus transportation and staggered open/close times
- One kitchen serves separate lunch areas for Middle & High School students
- Auditorium for school assemblies, drama shows & concerts, public speaking, etc
- Updated science and technology to educate students for tomorrow's jobs
- Energy efficiency, "daylighting", and safety enhancements throughout building
- Playing fields will be reconstructed with drainage systems
...Take a Look !
to see May 16th drafts of Plans for New School
including PRELIMINARY "bird's eye" views of
school building and more building elevation views
to see April 17th drafts of Plans for New School,
including draft layouts of High School Art Classroom,
Project Seminar Room, and Special Education "Life Skills" area
to see March 21st drafts of Plans for New School
including draft layouts of Library / Media Center, High School Art
and Digital Media Classrooms, Middle School Art Classrooms &
Project Based Learning Labs, School Auditorium, High School
Science Classroom, and each school's Office/Nurse/Guidance area
Why did the Building Committee, Board of Selectmen and School Committee
all endorse the construction of a new school building
instead of proposing to expand and renovate one of our existing buildings?
Because the proposal to construct a NEW school building....
1. Saves money: Costs less than all addition/renovation proposals viable for the site
2. Saves time: Can be completed 1 year sooner than all renovation/addition proposals
3. Abington High can be fully operational while new building is constructed
4. No need to relocate students to different buildings during construction
5. New construction achieves higher energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs
6. New school provides higher quality educational design
7. Renovation proposals required compromises in final design, quality of facilities
and educational program integration
8. New construction requires smaller building footprint than all renovation options
9. Superior separation and segregation of middle school students from high school students
Ask and Ye Shall Receive !
Now that you've read this far, do you have any questions??
If you send us an email with your question,
we'll try to respond with an answer within 2-3 business days!
Click on the Email icon below to send us an email
(there are no silly questions ... please email us right now!)
T H A N K Y O U
to the over 175 Abington residents who attended the
Open Public Information Session
hosted by the Abington School Building Committee
on May 22nd at the Senior Center.
We appreciated your attention and the thoughtful questions
offered by the standing-room-only crowd.
Thanks also to the leadership of the Abington Senior Center
for allowing us to use their facility.
of the slide presentation from the Information Session
If you would like representatives from the ASBC to attend a
future meeting of your group, neighbors, or committee,
in order to provide up-to-date information and answer your questions,
please call ASBC Chairperson Rich Testa at 781-857-2135.
At the March 26th meeting of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's
Board of Directors, the Board voted unanimously to approve Abington's proposed
Grades 5-8 & 9-12 school building project with an adjacent Pre-Kindergarten area,
and thereby authorized the Abington School Building Committee (ASBC) and
its professional team to move forward into the "Preferred Schematic Design Phase".
This is a huge milestone for Abington's proposed school building project,
and the MSBA's approval is a testament to the hard work and comprehensive research
that the Abington School Building Committee has undertaken during the last two years.
The ASBC must now continue forward with the development of
detailed schematic building floor plans and site plans for eventual submission to the
Massachusetts School Building Authority later this summer.
The MSBA's authorization to proceed into the "Preferred Schematic Design Phase"
also confirms that our Building Committee has thus far complied with all regulations
and deadlines required for the Town of Abington to remain on track to qualify
for MSBA school construction grant money.
Based on historical data, it is expected that Abington's project could qualify for MSBA
state grant funds which could pay for over 55% of the project's reimbursable costs.
The Abington School Building Committee would like to thank
State Representative Geoff Diehl and State Senator John Keenan
for attending the March 26th MSBA meeting with our ASBC representatives
and for speaking on behalf of Abington's residents!
Pursuant to MSBA guidelines and requirements,
the Abington School Building Committee (ASBC), together with
the unanimous support of the Abington Board of Selectmen
and the Abington School Committee,
submitted the following school building proposal to the MSBA
as the Town of Abington's "Preferred Project Alternative":
The construction of a new
Grades 5-8 & 9-12 Co-located Middle/High School
to be located immediately behind the
existing Abington High School building
(which will thereafter be demolished)
Since the Abington School Building Committee (ASBC) was formed in 2012,
we have been working with our architects, project manager,
and other professional consultants to perform the required research and to
draft conceptual plans for a new school building in Abington.
Our reports and work to date have been submitted to the Massachusetts
School Building Authority (MSBA) for their professional review,
in order to ensure that Abington qualifies for state school construction
grant funding. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming meetings;
all of our meetings are open to the public.
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Want some quick answers to some common questions?
Based on your feedback, we've compiled some more
Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
Do You Remember When?
For a brief history of past school construction in Abington,
CLICK the following Link to
to the 12/02/13 Joint Meeting NOW!
(A summary of Phase Two of the Feasibility Study)
NOTE: This presentation includes the 1st draft of a proposed
new Grades 5-8 & 9-12 school building, but this draft building layout
has since been updated and replaced with an even more efficient
March 2014 layout. The more recent building & site layout drafts
should be reviewed by the reader for the most up-to-date information,
but this 12/02/13 Video does provide significant information
about the various renovation/addition options which were studied
by the professional consultants and reviewed by the MSBA,
and which were found to require higher total construction costs,
longer construction schedules (2 yrs vs 3+ yrs) and difficulties in
trying to safely renovate an operating school building with 500+ students.
from Phase One of the Feasibility Study:
Please click the link below to review the information/slideshow
which was presented to a Joint Meeting of the Abington School Committee
and Board of Selectmen on Sept 9, 2013:
(Please be patient... it may take a 1-2 minutes to download all of the information)
OR CLICK the following Link to
to the 9/09/13 Joint Meeting NOW!
WANT MORE DETAILS ?
To read, download or print copies of each section
of the Feasibility Study (drafted dated 8/26/13),
to the "Documents" section of this website.
YESTERDAY's LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (1950's) TODAY's REQUIRED CLASSROOM
“The most impressive technology-rich classrooms don't look like classrooms.
Instead, they look like creative businesses on deadline — like advertising agencies
pulling together a big campaign, architectural firms drawing up blueprints,
or software companies developing new programs.
In "creative agency" classrooms such as this one, learning technologies enable students
to collaborate with peers, pursue their interests, publish their work to the world,
and take greater responsibility...”
Justin Reich, Published on May, 23 2012, Education Week
TYPICAL COLLEGE CLASSROOM OF TODAY (below)
[Note that every student has a laptop computer]
Want to watch something very interesting and informative?
At the April 2013 meeting of the Abington School Building Committee,
we watched a video presentation prepared by Sir Ken Robinson,
a world-renowned education and creativity expert.
It is a very thought-provoking 11-minute video which really makes you think.....
For the United States to remain competitive in our ever changing world,
it is imperative that we understand a set of facts which impact our nation
and our educational systems.
“Shift Happens” provides some eye-opening facts for you to consider.
We need to focus on the positive benefits and on doing what we can
to help children learn and grow so that they may become
successful digital, global citizens....
The mission of the Abington School Building Committee is to collaborate with the
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in conducting a Feasibility Study
to determine the most fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate solution
to the identified problems of overcrowding at the elementary level
and a lack of educationally appropriate space at the secondary level.