Dear Wareham Families and Community:
The Minot Forest School submitted an application for a school building project to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The MSBA accepted our application for the initial phase. Representatives came to Minot Forest to tour the building and to discuss the areas we designated as needing improvement. After this phase,our application was approved to proceed to the next level. We are grateful for this approval, as we were one of a select group of schools who were accepted into the building project.
The school was built in 1966. Below are some of the areas listed as needing improvement in the application:
• Electrical: not enough outlets in the classrooms for today’s technology needs
• Heating: original boilers are old and temperatures in the building vary
• Lack of classroom space: 4 portable classrooms are closed, art and technology is on a cart,
music is in a gymnasium, three special education teachers share one room, and office space is
in the shower room
• Original windows: plastic covers windows in office areas due to extreme drafts during the cold
• Original classroom tiles: need total replacement in many classrooms
• Ceiling tile replacement: cannot conduct improvement projects with the current tiles
We are setting up information nights and tours of Minot Forest for families to visit and see the areas we reported as needing improvement. These will be held on March 28, 2016 and April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM and will begin in the cafeteria. We will have picture boards at community events and there is a link on our website to view these pictures.
The next stage in the MSBA process is to conduct a Feasibility Study. During this process, an architect is hired to examine the needs of the building and to suggest a plan for improvement. This could be a renovation/expansion project or another project they suggest.
We are providing this letter and these information sharing opportunities because at the April 25 Town Meeting, there will be a warrant article to conduct the Feasibility Study. The town will receive a reimbursement of a portion of the money needed to conduct this study. In order for voters to make an informed decision, we want to provide as much information as possible.
Please feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, Superintendent Dr. Shaver-Hood at kshaver-hood @wareham.k12.ma.us, or Business Manager Mr. MacMillan, at mmacmillan @wareham.k12.ma.us. I can be reached by phone at 508-291-3555 as well.
Joan M. Seamans
Principal of Minot Forest Elementary School