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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 for more information
and to view current school building floor plans
and site plans (updated as of February 14th) !
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.
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 5-12 Co-located Middle/High School
to be located immediately behind the
existing Abington High School building
(which will thereafter be demolished)
Some of the reasons why the above proposal was recommended:
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
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.
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 the February 2014 layout.
The more recent building & site layout drafts should be reviewed
by the reader for the most up-to-date information.
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....
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