Category Archives: Schools

Watch you tax money at work

MHS sigh

At the selectmen meeting last night Jeff Marsden, the School Superintendent, reported on the status of the turf field, amongst other things, and as an update today Jeff Marsden shared that the MHS webcam actually shows the work in progress.  Just scroll down the page to see the actual image of the field getting built.

I forgot to mention last night that the field project can be seen live on our website at



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Field bids $1.6 – 1.8m.

MHS field

The ATM article 21 looked to appropriate $1.4m. to renovate the MHS turf field.  Per an email today from Mike Sullivan, the bids opened this morning came in higher.

The bids for the school field & track rebuild were opened at 10:00 a.m. this morning. There were five bids and they ranged, roughly, between $1.6 and $1.8 million. The School Dept. is working to see how the work can be reduced to bring it back to the $1.4 million that we have been using for Town Meeting. Jeff told me to stick with the $1.4 million figure and they would go with that amount on Monday. Mike S

Wheelock School reading

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This year Wheelock School invited me to read, and this morning I had the distinct honor and pleasure to read Stellaluna, one of my all time favorites.

The train hat is left over from a Medfield Day I ran about fifteen years ago where I had the volunteer train drivers wear train engineer hats with the town seal on the front.  The kids recognized the town seal, even though it is pretty small.

When we talked about how bats are able to “see” in the dark, one boy explained that it was by “echo location” – impressive!

Dale Street School

Dale Street School

From the Superintendent today, to the Selectmen, to start the replacement process for the Dale Street School.


April 5, 2016 MEDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Office of the Superintendent 459 Main Street _3rd Floor Medfield, Massachusetts 02052 Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D Superintendent (508) 359-2302 Motion for Massachusetts School Building Authority for a Statement of Interest Submittal Having convened in an open meeting on April 5, 2016, prior to the closing date, the Board of Selectmen of Medfield, authorizes the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated April 8, 2016 for the Dale Street School located at 45 Adams Street, Medfield, MA which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future: • Replacement, renovation or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs, windows, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, to increase energy conservation and decrease energy" related costs in a school facility; • Replacement of or addition to obsolete buildings in order to provide for a full range of programs consistent with state and approved local requirements; and hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the Town of Medfield to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.


MHS field report

SECTION 6 - FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS 66 MEDFIELD ATHLETIC FIELDS MASTER PLAN TOTAL COSTS FOR MULTI-USE FIELD/TRACK REPLACEMENT TOTAL COSTS SAVINGS FOR PHASE I COMBINATION OF MULTI-USE FIELD/TRACK AND PRACTICE FIELD Due to the high level of use of fields in the Town of Medfield and the current condition of the existing field at the High School it is recommended that the existing synthetic turf field with upgraded drainage system and synthetic track be replaced. The synthetic turf fibers are starting to deteriorate, a condition common found in a field with this amount of use and age of the product. The ability of the field to maintain infill in a stable condition will continue to be reduced in turn reducing the overall safety of the field to the athletes. Concerns over rising Gmax will continue to be an issue in the field. Currently there are multiple areas that flood on the field. This is an indication of a failing base/drainage system. It is recommended that a new drainage system replace the existing to alleviate flooding, additionally it is recommended that a trench and slot drain are added to the perimeter of the track to assist with drainage. The synthetic track has clear base issues at the long-jump triple-jump areas. It is highly recommended that the “D-Zone Areas” are built to include synthetic track surfacing which will also assist in the function of the areas when running track meets. The track has been over-sprayed once to date. The track has reached an age in which it should be sprayed again. This should occur during this process. It should be noted that a track can only be sprayed a minimum of three times which should make the track functional for an additional five to six years. This page lists a summary of the “Order of Magnitude” costs for upgrading the existing synthetic turf field and track at the high school. Provided are three alternates which the town should consider in making its decision in replacing the field. • Alternate #1: A higher grade of synthetic turf which is a mixture of a monofilament fiber and a slit film fiber reducing the splash of infill during play. This turf will have a face weight and more fiber which will provide a product which will perform well and stand up to the rigers of use. Additionally, it is recommended that a coated sand infill would be used. The coated sand provides an infill system that creates a firm, fast playing surface. The use of coated sand and the current warranties allow for an infill that can be reused for up to two cycles. Lastly, the alternate includes a shock pad. The shock pad provides absorbency within the field structure. This will reduce the overall Gmax in the field. Current warranties include a maximum Gmax for the life of the warranty which ranges between 20-25 years. • Alternate #2: A standard 2” turf with SBR Rubber and Sand Infill. Included in this alternate is a shock pad. • Alternate #3: Includes 5 storage units with concrete pads. An allowance for upgraded athletic field equipment. Opinion of Probable Cost - Medfield High School Multi-Use Synthetic Field and Track Item Quantity Unit Unit Price Total Base Bid Site Preparation Trailer and Temporary Utilities 1 LS $ 8,000.00 $ 8 ,000.00 Construction Entrances 1 LS $ 12,000.00 $ 1 2,000.00 Remove & Dispose Synthetic Turf 75000 SF $ 0.75 $ 5 6,300.00 Silt Sock 1,159 LF $ 3 .00 $ 3 ,500.00 Inlet Protection 2 EA $ 3 00.00 $ 6 00.00 Subtotal $ 8 0,400.00 Multi‐Use Field Concrete Curb 1150 LF $ 25.00 $ 28,750.00 Trench Drain 1150 LF $ 50.00 $ 57,500.00 F&I Field Drainage 75000 SF $ 1.75 $ 131,250.00 F&I Flat Drain 75000 SF $ 1.20 $ 90,000.00 F&I 8" Base Stone 75000 SF $ 1.00 $ 75,000.00 F&I 2" Finishing Stone 75000 SF $ 0.60 $ 45,000.00 Turf Material 75000 SF $ 3.50 $ 262,500.00 Rubber 75000 SF $ 0.56 $ 42,000.00 Sand (E+L) 75000 SF $ 0.17 $ 12,750.00 Football Uprights 1 PR $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00 12' Ball Stopper Netting 400 LF $ 90.00 $ 36,000.00 Subtotal $ 7 95,750.00 Synthetic Track Surfacing Gravel Base D-Zone 22000 SF $ 1.50 $ 33,000.00 Bituminous Concrete Paving D-Zone 22000 SF $ 2.75 $ 60,500.00 Track Surfacing 22000 SF $ 5.00 $ 110,000.00 Track Re-Surfacing 32000 SF $ 1.50 $ 48,000.00 Line Striping 1 LS $ 4,000.00 $ 4,000.00 Subtotal $ 2 55,500.00 SUBTOTAL OF SITE CONSTRUCTION ITEMS TOTAL $ 1 ,131,650.00 GENERAL CONDITIONS, BOND, CONTRACTOR OH&P $ 1 13,165.00 CONTINGENCY $ 5 6,582.50 SOFT COSTS $ 8 4,873.75 TOTAL $ 1,387,000.00 Opinion of Probable Cost - Medfield High School Multi-Use Synthetic Field and Track Item Quantity Unit Unit Price Total Alternate #1: Option A Base Bid $ 1,387,000.00 Deduct SBR Rubber and Sand $ ( 336,285.00) Upgraded Turf,Coated Sand Infill, and Shock Pad $ 583,912.50 Alternate #1 Total $ 1,635,000.00 Alternate #2: Option B Base Bid $ 1,387,000.00 Deduct SBR Rubber and Sand $ ( 336,285.00) SBR Rubber, Sand, and Shock Pad $ 472,650.00 Alternate #2 Total $ 1,524,000.00 Alternate #3 Equipment & Closeout 1 LS $ 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00 Storage Units with Pads 5 EA $ 12,000.00 $ 60,000.00 Alternate #3 Total $ 90,000.00 FIELD A: HIGH SCHOOL MULTI-USE SYNTHETIC FIELD AND TRACK

I had posted this report, but that was before I learned how to insert a JPEG of the file so you can now see the actual document, so here is the document. At the annual town meeting we will be asked to vote $1.4m. to replace the MHS turf field.

The initial evergreen field was installed around 2004 (from memory), funded entirely with private donations totaling over $600,000, as a Medfield Foundation initiative lead by Tim Nugent. The field when built had an expected ten year life, before it was to need substantial work.

This current report does not say how long the proposed field will last, but it does quote a 20-25 year life for the Alternate #1, which adds about $250,000 to the cost.  As I understand things, that is not the suggested option, since the cost I have heard stated is the $1.4m., which is the cost of the basic replacement in this report.  If that basic field still has a 10 year life, it may behoove the town to  pay the extra $250,000 now to get an extra 10-15 years of use before having to pay for another replacement, versus paying for a full replacement in another 10 years.

The field is located in an area that is wet, and was reportedly as a result always a marginal location for a playing field because of that wetness.  At the time the time of the original construction of the turf field the schools reportedly did not want to consider other less wet locations.

This is the sort of large expense that should be on the town’s new 20 year capital plan that the town is looking to create – a known large repeating expense for which we as a  town should budget and plan ahead.  Funding the creation of that new 20 year town wide capital plan is another ATM article.

Girls BB loses

From the principal –

Girls hoops sectional finals, Notre Dame 58, Medfield 53. Great effort by the Warriors, battled back & played hard for 4 qtrs. #warriorpride