At a public session in the Hopkinton Library the Elementary School Building Committee made it clear that now is the time to give your input on what you think about the project locations and designs and what your preference would be.
Chair Joe Markey explained; "If you want to weigh in on which location is best, now is the only time to do that, by the end of February, early March the latest, we will have concluded our evaluation with community input and expertise from the team. Right now we are looking at 4 locations, 11 different options at those 4 locations, by another 6-8 weeks from now we will have one choice and that is what will be going to town meeting, so we need people to get involved and buy in and help us make the choice that we feel is going to work and be well received at that vote during town meeting."
Chair Joe Markey explained you can see the proposed sites and give your thoughts or opinions to the ESBC by a number of ways including their website www.hopkintonschoolproject.com , their Facebook page; www.facebook.com/HopkintonESBC and you can find them on Twitter @hopkintonESBC. You can also see all ESBC meetings and updates on www.hcam.tv/ESBC. The sites are currently on display at the Hopkinton Library.
The progress of the ESBC with the school project was broken down into 8 Module's; 1) Eligibility Period, 2) Forming the Project Team 3) Feasibility Study, 4) Schematic Design, 5) Seeking Project Funding at Town Meeting, 6) Detailed Design, 7) Construction, 8) Completing the Project. Right now the ESBC is at Module 3 which is the Feasibility Study. Markey Explained; "Over the past year we have been forming the project team, right now we have completed the phase of forming the project team...In town meeting May 2013 Hopkinton funded $600,000, now that we're at the point of doing engineering evaluation of sites working with architects and project managers, we are now starting to use that money to execute the feasibility study. A portion of that will be reserved for the detailed schematic design on our one chosen site."
One of the questions asked was about if there was budget variation among the possible sites of the new school. Compass Project Manager Jeff D' Amico explained that the budget has not been established and part of the process at the stage they are currently at is to gather information about the sites to determine a budget for the different site options.
To watch the entirety of any of the Elementry School Building Committee updates head to www.hcam.tv/esbc and dont forget you can see all ESBC meetings live on HCAM.