At the RSU14 School Board Committee meeting held last Wednesday action was taken to move along the process of building a new Windham Middle School. With all members present, Assistant Superintendent Donn Davis made the recommendation” to obtain the architectural engineering firm PDT for the concept design of a proposed middle school project to be submitted for a potential referendum vote.” In short, Davis made the point that “this school is necessary for the community. Students that are now at the Field-Allen site as a result of overcapacity of the core building have taken priority.”
The question of the $145,000 price tag attached for PTD’s services, while valid was also clearly explained by Davis. “The attorney (RSU14’s legal counsel) suggests engaging in these contracts services for the $145,000 design costs. It makes more sense to do this now rather than the near $2 million for the entire package since there is no guarantee this will go to referendum and pass if it does.
We need to have a design the public can vote on. So we are basically voting for the design fees.”
Bullet items included site development, floor plans, impact studies and code requirements to name a few. “This won’t be conceptual. It will be the actual design the community would vote on,” Davis added.
A motion was made, seconded and a unanimous vote followed, giving the go ahead. Another meeting is scheduled for September 17th. As always it is open to the public and the video can be seen on TV7 live. For the agenda please visit www.rsu14.org