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
The MetroWest Healthcare Foundation anonomously surveys 40,000+ teens every two years about a range of risky behaviors and provides the results to the participating school systems. Last night about 50 parents and school administrators heard a two and a half hour presentation from Susan Cowell and a psychiatric RN at MHS about their analysis of the 2014 Medfield data, which showed:
- high levels of stress
- high levels of mental health issues (i.e. – depression, suicidal thoughts)
- high levels of drinking – 45% of MHS seniors binge drinking (5+ drinks) in last 30 days
- almost half the 10th graders had attended parties where alcohol and marijuana were available
- bullying occurring, even at school
The full Medfield data is to be released on-line by the schools now that this presentation has taken place. In the past, Medfield has unfortunately opted to not release the data, so kudos to the schools for this new openness.
The following is from the MetroWest Healthcare Foundation website about the data for the MetroWest area as a whole.
Adolescent Mental Health
As any parent can attest, adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life. The threats to the health of adolescents are not generally diseases or chronic conditions, but rather accidental injury from risky behaviors. It is also a time of high stress as youth confront the pressures of adolescence and seek to fit in.
Access to appropriate mental health services remains a major concern in the region. The 2014 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) found that 4.5 percent of MetroWest high school students reported attempting suicide and 22 percent reported experiencing depressive symptoms in the past 12 months.
We also know that teens today are suffering real and serious consequences because of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying victims report more mental health problems than those who are not bullied, according to the 2012 MWAHS.
Adolescent health has long been a priority of the foundation. The foundation will continue to invest in adolescent health, placing a priority on mental health prevention, intervention and access to treatment.
- Reduce the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying by supporting school policy change and community awareness and education efforts.
- Decrease the percent of adolescents in grantee communities reporting self-injury, suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide and depressive symptoms by funding purchase of evidence-based universal mental health curricula and programs as well as school-based intervention strategies designed for at-risk students.
- Lower Rates of Bullying
In 2010 the foundation launched a three-year bullying prevention initiative in five middle school districts, investing approximately $60,000 per community. As a result of their work, these five communities showed decreases in bullying exceeding the MetroWest average from 2010 to 2012.
- Stronger School Mental Health Programs
The foundation funded four school districts to conduct a Mental Health Capacity Assessment, which enabled schools to identify and prioritize which services and schools in their districts require support or modifications. The foundation has also funded several school districts to offer programs that support students returning from psychiatric hospitalization, modeled on the Brookline Resilient Youth Team program.
- Data on Adolescent Risky Behaviors
The foundation continues to fund the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey which includes data about mental health, bullying and other risky behaviors from every public middle and high schooler in the region.