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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.
Please scroll down to see Abington's building plans and drawings,
and to find links to more detailed information!
The Abington School Building Committee will be attending
a 3-way meeting with the Board of Selectman and School Committee
(confirmed for 7pm on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Town Offices)
so the three committees can all cast their required votes
whether to endorse the ASBC's conceptual school building plans and
to authorize the ASBC to submit the plans and a completed state school
construction grant application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
Residents are invited to attend this important public meeting
Abington's grant application must be filed in August, and we expect
the MSBA to take a formal vote whether to approve state grant funding for
Abington's project at the MSBA's meeting on September 24, 2014.
Prior to the above meetings, the ASBC will be hosting a meeting
at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
at the O'Connor Community Room at the Abington Police Station
In preparation for the important August 4th 3-way meeting described above,
the ASBC, the town's professional architects, and the town's project manager
will be making a special 90-minute presentation and thorough review
of Abington's proposal to build a new Middle/High School
(with Pre-K component), together with a summary of the final state grant
application materials, the expected timeline for state approvals,
the estimated project costs, and other important information.
Any resident and/or town official interested in receiving the most
updated summary of Abington's school building project is urged to attend
this July 29th meeting.
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 36 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.
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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?
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.
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
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.