The Memorial School Building Committee is the final phases of Schematic Design. From March to June, JCJ Architecture has been working to develop a robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, revised budget, and schedule for the proposed project. Upon completion and approval by the SBC and School Committee, the design will be submitted to the MSBA for approval. Once approved by the MSBA, the project is then brought to the community for local approval. The overall goal of Schematic Design is to develop a project that is both cost-effective and aligned with the needs of MERS D ’s educational program
Community Input: To date, the Memorial School Building Committee has hosted four community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback.
Timeline: In October 2017, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to hold a special town meeting in October 2018 at which we will seek local approval for the project with the ballot vote to be held on November 6, 2018.
A Look Ahead
June - July 2018 Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development
October 2018 Town Meetings Held
November 2018 Town Votes
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Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School has again been recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a Green Ribbon School. Due to the continued efforts and exemplary commitment, across the board in the areas of Sustainability – Health and Wellbeing – Commitment to the Environment, DESE has created a new designation “Green Ribbon School – Sustained Excellence”. This designation is a new area of certification, and MERMHS is currently the only school in the state to have received this honor.
The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is set for release in mid-May andcan be purchased online atwww.themarblecollection.org/subscribe. Published teens will be honored at The Marble Collection’s annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery. The gala will feature an exhibition and sale of jury-selected teen artwork and a program of teens reading their original creative writing. Students receive free admission. General Admission tickets can be purchased for $25.00 athttps://themarblecollection.networkforgood.com.
About The Marble Collection [TMC]
The Marble Collection, Inc. [TMC], a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization, publishes the only Massachusetts statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring jury-selected artwork, photography, poetry and creative writing by students in grades 8 to 12. TMC pairs its teens one-to-one with college student mentors in its Mentoring for Publication Workshop to develop their 21st century skills through four steps: create, respond, connect, and present. In the 6-week workshop, teens explore the creative process, edit their work for publication and exhibition, and learn to present their artistic visions to audiences. At a time when budget cuts and an emphasis on standardized testing mean that fewer teens in Massachusetts have access to the arts, TMC collaborates with 200 Massachusetts schools and community groups to publish and mentor 125 teen writers and artists each school year. For additional information please visit: http://www.themarblecollection.org.