In the article, Selectman Paul Salafia is quoted as saying, “We would have to stop construction and assess all of the possibilities after that, including probably a redesign to downsize the school in some way.” I want to make sure that no one is left with the impression that a major redesign of the school is an option. Such a redesign would void our Project Funding Agreement with the MSBA, and it would result in the loss of all of our reimbursement from the MSBA (approximately $17 million). In addition, the foundation is already complete, and steel erection will begin in just a week. Even if redesign were an option, the design costs of such work, as well as the increased construction costs associated with a delay in the project, would invariably result in an increase in costs larger than those now anticipated.
Finally, while not directly quoting Salafia, the article leaves the impression that the school will be open in the fall of 2014, with or without the closing of the construction budget gap. Simply and bluntly put, we cannot complete the project with current available funding.
We welcome any questions from the community. Our meetings are held every other Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. All are posted on the town website (andoverma.gov). There is also a link on that site to our project website under the project information heading, and the members of the SBC can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairman, School Building Committee
81 High St.