When the city of Newton first learned it would be able to partner with the state for the rebuilding of Angier Elementary, Chief Administrative Officer/Deputy Superintendent Sandy Guryan said the new school was on a "fast track" to becoming a reality.
Now, the pace is really starting to pick up.
Earlier this month, the city and the Massachusetts School Building Authority selected DiNisco Design Partnership as the design firm for the Angier project. The firm was selected during an Oct. 2 meeting and the city's contract with DiNisco has since been finalized, according to an update from the Angier Working Group.
Now that the designer has been selected, the city will hold a number of planning meetings over the next three months. The first meeting will be held this evening at 5 p.m. in the Education Center and will include discussion and a vote on the evaluation criteria for the project.
The meeting schedule is as follows:
Joint meeting between Board of Aldermen and School Committee
- Nov. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. - Discuss school concept and design (meeting location TBD)
- Jan. 10, 2013, 7 p.m. - Discuss preferred schematic design (meeting location TBD)
Joint meeting between Angier School Building Committee and Design Review Committee
(All meetings at the Education Center)
- Oct. 18, 2012, 5 p.m. - Evaluation criteria
- Oct. 25, 2012, 6 p.m. - Educational programming
- Nov. 15, 2012, 7 p.m. - Concept and design (possible public forum)
- Nov. 29, 2012, 6 p.m. - Vote on design program
- Jan. 3, 2013, 6 p.m. - Vote on final options
- Jan. 17, 2013, 7 p.m. - Vote on preferred schematic design
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Not only will the new school replace the current 90-year-old building, it will also provide more space than the current school. This will help alleviate a bit of the space strain in the district.
The city partnered with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) earlier this year for the rebuilding of the Waban-based school. .
The city is also hoping to partner with the MSBA for the rebuilding/renovation of the 80-year-old Cabot Elementary.