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Here’s an interesting pair of emails Newton Board of Alderman President Scott Lennon sent to the board relative to Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and plans to build a new Angier Elementary School…

Hello Colleagues

I received this email from the MSBA and had the Board reps on the Angier Working Group/Buliding Committee take a look before sending it out.  As expected, one of the comments is that the preliminary cost estimates are high relative to similar projects. These estimates include site construction costs which are relatively high (e.g., the retaining wall along the MBTA tracks). Please see the comments below.

If you have questions, please direct them to Aldermen Fuller, Gentile and Rice.

Thank you

Scott [Lennon]

And here’s the original email from the MSBA, which appears to have been dated March 20…

Good Afternoon Dr. Fleishman:

I would like to thank the District members and consultants for participating in the Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) meeting this morning regarding the A.E. Angier Elementary School project in the City of Newton.

The following items were topics of discussion at the FAS meeting:

  • Preliminary estimates for construction costs are high relative to similar projects;
  • Potential for the creation of garden space on the plaza area with access from science classrooms;
  • Adequate quantity of restrooms throughout the proposed facility; and
  • Sufficient lighting in the shared cubby spaces on the hallway side of the classrooms.

We look forward to reviewing these items with the District and consultants during Schematic Design

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Kathryn DeCristofaro

Senior Field Coordinator

Mass School Building Authority