17:10pm – Chair Lane started the discussion with the board acknowledging the recent election results with respect to Article 1 performance, and laid out other options that are available at this time and how the board would like to proceed in the coming year. Options discussed are a) keep the same plan and update it, b) take out the new gym but build a separate kitchen, eating space, classroom space, c) looking at a plan from three years ago where we kept the current kitchen where it is and change the 4th grade classrooms across the hall from the cafeteria into the eating space and build new classroom space.
17:23pm – Chair Lane shared an experience that he had going to East Kingston where there is a school that uses a similar floor as the one that Principal Deblois had suggested. He indicated some pros and cons with that configuration. Chair Lane discussing various other floor options that are available for consideration. Lane and Greg discussed the outcome of the vote and Lane mentioned engaging the community such as a public hearing to discuss configurations and options that might be considered. Also discussed was the need to get more outreach to the people in town–it was suggested through mailers 4-5 times a year and to start early in the process.
17:31pm – Parish indicated there was $1.3M still needed in repairs. Lane stated that he was interested in focusing on the needs of the school only and not to include a community center in the plan. Greg Marrow offered the view that a community center option may just be a byproduct but not the focus.
17:37pm – John Bailly supports pressing on with Article 1 saying to “take of the gas” to pursuit Article 1. Unless a better idea comes up, to not engage with the architects because they have already been engaged to date. Bailly also supports engaging the public in particular those who have previously been opposed. Parish inquired to Deblois if in the previous iterations if 3, 4 and 5th grades could be together in the main school building.
17:43pm – Parish inquired to Bailly regarding the community center idea. It was referred to as a “fringe benefit”. Parish indicated that the key to the community center space is the need to lock it off from the rest of the school.
17:45pm – Discussion moved to the “classroom plan” and the costs associated with changing the orientation of the cafeteria. Deblois indicated that as a compromise there are ways to have a configuration like that work with the existing space and time and current demographics.
17:50pm – Discussions around space planning, what’s currently in the CIP, how many classrooms were needed. The number Deblois indicated was approximately six new classrooms. Additional discussions around various configurations of new classroom in combination with changes to existing classrooms. Deblois raised the issue of the stage and the costs involved with that.
17:55pm – Greg Marrow suggested the need to bring people in the community into the discussion instead of an approach of the school board saying what it is going to be. He did mention the name Will Lojack and his construction background would be an option for a resource to tap. The focus to be still on education. The possibility of a committee with an equal seat at the table.