Ayer schools chief explains borrowing...

Ayer schools chief explains borrowing plan

There are 7 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Nov 12, 2010, titled Ayer schools chief explains borrowing plan. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Superintendent of Schools George Frost briefed the town Finance Committee last night on the need for Ayer and Shirley voters to approve borrowing $750,000 to pay for a feasibility study of the renovation of Ayer Middle-High School.

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Curiouser

Livingston, NJ

#1 Nov 15, 2010
Who's he kidding? Find another plan.
This is twice as much as the original study was going to cost. Next thing you know it'sll be tiwce this much!
huh

Hanscom Afb, MA

#2 Nov 15, 2010
quote from Frost - "Enrollment numbers submitted as part of a pre-feasibility application justify the spending, Frost said. The build-out will accommodate a 1,000-student population at the regional high school".

Don't you mean "middle high" George.
The push is on so you can retire this June.
Population is barley 400 in the high school, and a little over 400 in the merged middle school...1000? where are these kids coming from.
The projections presented last year was that the numbers are declining...hmmm...do we get the money if we don't have 1000 students?
Local citizen

Hudson, MA

#3 Nov 15, 2010
FY07
In district fte average membership 1,266.8
Out of district average menbership 118.2
Total average membership 1,385.0
Expenditure per pupil $11,262

FY08
In district fte average membership 1,247.0
Out of district average membership 128.5
Total average membership 1,375.5
Expenditure per pupil $11,199

FY09
In district fte average membership 1,213.8
Out of district average membership 137.2
Total average membership 1,351.0
Expenditure per pupil $12,315

So the numbers are going down, cost jumping.

Will I vote for $750,000 just to see what work needs doing ? NO, but TM will be packed Monday night so it will pass.
hmm

Hanscom Afb, MA

#4 Nov 26, 2010
Local citizen wrote:
FY07
In district fte average membership 1,266.8
Out of district average menbership 118.2
Total average membership 1,385.0
Expenditure per pupil $11,262
FY08
In district fte average membership 1,247.0
Out of district average membership 128.5
Total average membership 1,375.5
Expenditure per pupil $11,199
FY09
In district fte average membership 1,213.8
Out of district average membership 137.2
Total average membership 1,351.0
Expenditure per pupil $12,315
So the numbers are going down, cost jumping.
Will I vote for $750,000 just to see what work needs doing ? NO, but TM will be packed Monday night so it will pass.
keep in mind the fte numbers are for grades K - 12.
Now

Hyde Park, MA

#5 Dec 2, 2010
What difference does it make how many kids are in the building right now? The building is in bad shape and needs to be renovated! Look at the NEASC accredidation report! There is no way around the feasibility study because it is a requirement. Much of it is reembursed though and then can be put towards the construction project. Lets not forget the support the town has given for a renovated library, new fire station, new police station, renovated town hall....It's time to focus on the school buildings!
hmm

Hanscom Afb, MA

#6 Dec 2, 2010
Now wrote:
What difference does it make how many kids are in the building right now? The building is in bad shape and needs to be renovated! Look at the NEASC accredidation report! There is no way around the feasibility study because it is a requirement. Much of it is reembursed though and then can be put towards the construction project. Lets not forget the support the town has given for a renovated library, new fire station, new police station, renovated town hall....It's time to focus on the school buildings!
Agreed...it is the school's turn, but the SBA will only pay if the school is grades 6-12, AND serves 1000 students. Do we want to start something and end up paying for it in full on our own because we don't have the population??
hmm

Hanscom Afb, MA

#7 Dec 2, 2010
p.s. I was a member of the 'accreditation' process. The school is in dire need on many fronts. This was the answer to many of our problems (regionalization/refurbishing) in the report, which is why it is so important that it gets done properly, completely, and with great forethought.
New blood (completely) in the form of a superintendent, and high school principal will hopefully present promise.

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