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Russell Street School Repairs 

Project Update - UPDATED - Read the November 2010 project update and budget updatefrom Owners Project Manager, Daedalus Projects, Inc.

MSBA Project Funding Agreement. The Board of Selectmen voted on January 11, 2010 to accept the January 6, 2010 recommendation of the School Building Committee and execute Amendment No. 1 of the Project Funding Agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for repairs to the Russell Street Elementary School. On September 21, 2009, the Board had voted to execute a Project Funding Agreement with MSBA. Amendment No. 1 preserves the 47.84% reimbursement rate but reduces the approximate total MSBA grant amount from $7,058,663 to $4,973,562—based on the reduction in the eligible district budget of from $14,754,731 to $10,396,242The resulting local share is $5,517,558-- signficantly less than than the $8.057-million as projected by MSBA in March 2009, or even the $7.4-million revised projection the Town had in May 2009 prior to opening of construction bids. 

General Contract Award is $2-million below budget estimate.  On August 24, 2009, the general contract for repairs to the Russell Street School was awarded to low bidder Colantonio, Inc. of Holliston, MA. The contract amount of $6,721,900 comes in at more than $2-million below the budget estimate. The repair project qualifies for reimbursement of 47.84% of eligible project costs from the  Massachusetts School Building Authority. 

Asbestos Removal Contract. On June 1, 2009, a contract for $358,169 was awarded to low bidder RM Technologies of Lawrence, MA for asbestos abatement and related work at the Russell Street Elementary School. Read monthly progress report

Voters approve $13.4-Million for Russell Street School repairs. May 9, 2009Annual Town Election voters approved the debt exclusion ballot question for Russell Street School repairs by an overwhelming margin. May 4, 2009 Special Town Meeting voters approved borrowing $13.4-million for these repairs, added to $500,000 approved by the May 2008 Town Meeting. See the April 27, 2009 presentation to the Board of Selectmen. See the April 9, 2009 presentation by architects DRA, with revised project cost figures.  Read an informational brochurePage 1Page 2.

MSBA approves 47.84% for Repairs. At its meeting in Boston on March 25, 2009, the Massachusetts School Building Authority board of directors unanimously voted to approve Littleton's project for repairs to the Russell Street School, Read the letter from MSBA.  SeePowerPoint presentation from MSBA's 3/25/09 meeting. Currently, building abatement costs (including asbestos removal) are not eligible under MSBA reimbursement guidelines. However, MSBA board chairman Treasurer Tim Cahill and executive director Katherine Craven indicated on March 25th that MSBA would be revisiting this issue at a future meeting.

Russell Street School Repairs. Town voters have approved a $500,000 debt exclusion to fund a feasibility/design study for needed repairs for the Russell Street School. The electrical, mechanical, heating, and many other building systems are more than 40 years old and past the end of their useful life. The building does not meet current accessibility standards. This is the first step in the process which may lead to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) awarding 50% funding for this project. Out of over 400 Statements Of Interest(SOI) submitted by school districts across the state, the MSBA has selected Littleton’s Russell Street School as one of only 27 it is inviting for further consideration at this time. This is not an approval; it is only the beginning of the Town’s collaboration with MSBA on this project. Under MSBA’s rules, costs incurred in excess of any grant approved by the State would be the sole responsibility of the Town. As such, we need to know up front what those costs are going to be by undertaking this exhaustive feasibility study.

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Phased Construction Scenario - After reviewing several scenarios with its architect, DRA, for repairs to the Russell Street School, the School Building Committee has developed its preferred option for phased construction. See Option B-5. A submission was made to the Massachusetts School Building Authority on Friday, March 6, 2009 to meet the deadline for the MSBA Board of Directors' meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2009-- the last MSBA board meeting prior to Littleton's May 4, 2009 Town Meeting. The architects' total project cost is estimate is $15,289,321.  Of this, $11,836,871 is for construction.  See how the cost of the options compare. See the PowerPoint presentation. The Selectmen's discussion continues on March 16, 2009 at 7 PM. Feasbility Study Report. Read DRA's Feasibility Study report of the Russell Street School building, with a detailed analysis of options reviewed. See also the existing conditions report.

Feasibility Design - DRA - Drummey Rosane Anderson. On January 16, 2009, the Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to Article 6 of the May 5, 2008 Special Town Meeting,and as chief executive official and “eligible applicant” under 963 CMR 2.02, to accept the January 14, 2009 unanimous recommendation of the School Building Committee to authorize execution of a contract in the amount of $162,500 with Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, which firm was selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)’s Designer Selection Panel on January 13, 2009 for feasibility design services for the Russell Street School Repair project.

Owners Project Manager - Deadalus. On October 22, 2008, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to accept the recommendation of the School Building Committee to select Daedalus Projects, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts as Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for the Russell Street School Repair project, and, further, to vote, as chief executive official and "eligible applicant" under 963 CMR 2.02, to certify to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) that a qualifications-based selection process was used, to recommend the selected respondent as the Owner’s Project Manager, and to seek MSBA’s approval of the Owner’s Project Manager.

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School Building Committee. On June 23, 2008, the Board of Selectmen voted, as chief executive official and “eligible applicant” under 963 CMR 2.02, to formulate a School Building Committee for the Russell Street School building project comprised of the following voting members: all members of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, the Superintendent of Schools, the Russell Street School Principal, the School Business Manager, a member of the Finance Committee, and the Town Administrator; with the formulation of said committee to be subject to approval by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

SBC Member Affiliation
Richard Crowley, Chairman Permanent Municipal Building Committee
Jane Hall, Vice Chairman Russell Street School Principal
Diane G. Bemis Superintendent of Schools
Steven Mark School Business Manager
Keith A. Bergman Town Administrator
Steven Venuti Finance (Treasurer)
Paul Avella School Committee, PMBC
Joe Collentro PMBC
Mark Mizzoni PMBC
Jef Feehan      PMBC
Ronald Catella PMBC

Russell Street School Feasibility/Design

Approved unanimously by the May 5, 2008 Special Town Meeting Article 6. VOTED that the Town appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Thousand ($500,000) Dollars for the development of plans and specifications related to the making of repairs to the Russell Street School, located at 55 Russell Street, Littleton, Massachusetts, said sum to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee, and to meet said appropriation authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow said sum under M.G.L. Chapter 44, or any other enabling authority, provided that the Town acknowledges that the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (“MSBA”) grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any costs the Town incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the Town, and further provided that the appropriation hereunder shall be subject to and contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Town to exempt the amounts required for the payment of interest and principal on said borrowing from the limitations on taxes imposed by M.G.L. 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2½), and further provided that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this motion shall be reduced by any amounts received or expected to be received from the MSBA.

Approved by the May 10, 2008 Annual Town Election Question 2.Shall the Town of Littleton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued for the development of plans and specifications related to the making of repairs to the Russell Street School? Yes 836; No 447

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Superintendent of Schools Diane Bemis