September 12, 2012 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

The City of Revere presented on the progress of its proposed project at the September 12, 2012 Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) Meeting:

City of Revere
William McKinley Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Collaborative Partners
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.

The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and the Design team presented an overview of the options studied during the feasibility study and the District’s preferred solution of a new PK-5 school facility at the Hill Park site.  The presentation also included discussion of the sites studied during the feasibility study and the demonstrated enrollment growth in the City of Revere. 

The FAS members and MSBA staff requested that the District consider:  1) the potential future costs the City may incur for repurposing/renovating the existing William McKinley School, which should be included in the City's analysis; 2) further analysis of Option B to determine the potential for a phased addition/renovation, including the removal of the 1927 building addition, that could result in the need to acquire less land than Option B as currently proposed; 3) the current or planned design elements and layout to allow for flexibility of the building design to handle enrollment growth in the future; 4) how to provide more outside play area for the proposed school project; 5) incorporating break-out areas or small group spaces into the design as part of the circulation spaces within the building; and  6) investigating a redistricting plan that allows for “Buffer Zones.” 

Lastly, the FAS members and MSBA staff noted that, prior to undertaking any future school construction projects, the City must develop a plan for its schools that addresses the City’s projected enrollment needs, the current capacity, and the infrastructure issues in its remaining school facilities.  This plan should include the City’s efforts to further understand and manage the impact of current and future development growth on its school population and the resulting impact on the District’s inventory of school facilities. 

MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.