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SBAC Past Announcements

 
Here, you can find an archive of old announcements from the School Building Assistance Committee web site. Please be aware that as links/files are moved over time, some links may no longer work. Always check the SBAC Home Page for the most recent, updated material. 
New High School/Middle School Wins State Approval
Congratulations to Winthrop Public Schools! The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved the Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee's preferred option of a new middle/high school project! By approving this option, we have now moved into the final phase of schematic design. Once MSBA approves the final stage of schematic design, it will then go to the public for a vote.

Please note an article in the Winthrop Transcript, published today, has given incorrect information stating that the project is a renovation with an addition. IT IS NOT. It is a new complex for the middle/high school. The Transcript reporter apologized for the error and informed the Superintendent that he will make the correction for next week's publication.

Winthrop Public Schools should take a moment and celebrate this momentous occasion as we are one step closer to a new middle/high school.
School Building Assistance Committee
Preferred Schematic Report
The School Building Assistiance Committee invites you to review the following documents which detail the layout and details of the new Middle/High School.  Click here to explore the PSR Submission as well as other MSBA Correspondence! 
Frequently Asked Questions
The SBAC has updated a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new middle/high school construction. Take a look at the document by clicking here, and see if it helps to answer any questions you have about the SBAC!
June/July School Building Assistance Committee Updates
The Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee recently received word that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) increased our project’s base reimbursement rate for eligible costs to 55.63%, from 54.16% for the calendar year 2013! We are also pursuing 4 additional discretionary reimbursement points for: LEED (Green Building) 2 points, Maintenance Plan, approximately 1 point, and a Construction Manager –at –risk (CM‐at‐risk – Ch 149 A) construction delivery method, 1 point.

At the committee’s June 26, 2013 meeting, a motion to recommend to the Town Council that a ballot question for the school project be included on the town ballot in November 2013 was approved by the committee and forwarded to the Town Council for its action.

At the committee’s July 10, 2013 meeting, the committee reviewed materials and voted to instruct our project manager and designers to submit the Schematic Design Package to the MSBA by July 19th.

The HS video classes and WCAT have been helpful in recording our meetings and WCAT will be playing the recording of the latest meetings on channel 15.

The project manager and designers for our project will be presenting an update on the project and process at the Winthrop School Committee meeting on Monday, July 15, 2013. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and is being held at the Cummings School Multi‐Purpose Room.

Scheduled meetings going forward for the School Building Assistance Committee include regularly scheduled meetings for August 1, 2013 and August 15, 2013.

Please check this announcement space for more updates on meetings and additional information as we develop our new and improved website!
 
SBAC Meeting Airing Dates
Current SBAC Meeting will be shown on WCAT on Channel 15, check back for more current airing times!
SBAC Presentation: August 15, 2013
At the SBAC Meeting on August 15, 2013, a PowerPoint Presentation was shown to discuss and illustrate the new middle/high school plans. Click here to view the presentation!
MSBA New Item From Statehouse News
To view a report from the Boston State House in regards to MSBA spending and budget, please click here.
Winthrop Awarded MSBA Grant
Winthrop was awarded an MSBA grant of up to $42.5 Million for New Middle/High School Facility! To view the press release, please click here.
Comparison of: Repairing MS and HS, Renovating Each, or Building New, Combined Building
To view a comparison of costs for a renovation option versus a new construction option, please click here.
The Votes Are In!
The SBAC is proud to announce that the people of Winthrop have overwhelmingly approved the construction project for the new Middle/High school by nearly a 2:1 margin!

To see the Winthrop Transcript article about the win, written by Cary Shuman, please click here.
To see the the article from the Boston Globe, written by John Laidler, please click here.

A big thank you to all the voters for supporting our vision of a brighter future for Winthrop!
FAQ's, Volume 2
Have any questions about the SBAC or the building project? Take a look here to see our second volume of FAQ's. For the first volume, click here!
Facade Renderings
To view artist's renderings of north, south, east, and west-facing facades of the new Middle/High School, please click here.
Talk to the SBAC!
The SBAC is happy to announce our new comments/questions page. Please use this page if you have any questions or comments you would like the SBAC to know. We welcome all comments, questions, and concerns! Please click here to view the form, or use the link on the right-hand side of this page titled "Comment Submission Form".
Summary of Project
A succinct, 2 page summary of the project is available now, and includes the schematic designs as well as FAQ's, and site map. To view the document, click here.
Entrance Renderings
HMFH Architects have made two renderings for the entrances of the new Middle/High school. Click on the images below to view larger versions!
 
WHS Entrance
WMS Entrance

 
Construction Update
As the construction of Winthrop Middle/High School will begin very soon, the SBAC has more information on the timeline of the construction and it's impact on the surrounding roads: Main Street, Payson Street, and Cross Street. There is a pamphlet and a PowerPoint Presentation to view about the project, please explore these documents!
Connect with Us!
Keep up with the new Middle/High School on social media! Check out the Twitter account and the Facebook page associated with the project for updates in addition to this page.
3-D Model
A 3-D model of the new Middle/High school was constructed, and we have photos to share of it! To view the photos with captions, please click here. You can also view the attached slideshow.
 

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