MCPE’s Blue Ribbon Program
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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
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!
From the Superintendent today, to the Selectmen, to start the replacement process for the Dale Street School.
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.
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
“Most Likely to Succeed” Film Screening & Discussion: A Medfield Community Event
Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of when given the opportunity. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia, and Bergen. It has been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school.
The film will be shown from 6:30-8pm, with small group discussions with Medfield Public School Administrators from 8-9pm.
You are invited to see the film and join the conversation! This is not one solution to education. This film asks us to ask questions, which will hopefully lead us to our own answers.
When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Medfield High School Auditorium – 88 South Street, Medfield
Please visit the MCPE website to view the trailer and to register: www.medfieldcoalition.org