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FHS Vote in March

FHS Vote in March

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Published by Jeff Roy
Resolution in favor of a new Franklin High School passed by Franklin Democratic Town Committee.
Resolution in favor of a new Franklin High School passed by Franklin Democratic Town Committee.

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Published by: Jeff Roy on Feb 14, 2012
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Democratic Town Committee
Franklin, Massachusetts
Monday, February 13, 2012Expressing the sense of the Franklin Democratic Town Committeein support of the New Franklin High School debt exclusion The following resolution was adopted by the Franklin Democratic Town Committee
Resolution
 WHEREAS, The current FHS facility is aging andrequires significant renovation or replacement; WHEREAS, Franklin has an opportunity to build anew, fully furnished and equipped high school witha state reimbursement rate of 59.52 percent, taking full advantage of historic low construction andborrowing costs and protecting our property values; WHEREAS, The new school will remove FranklinHigh from accreditation warning status and meet allfuture needs including: 20 percent more coreeducational space; 21st century classrooms andscience labs with integrated technology; an 830-seatauditorium/theater; a 17,700-square-foot gym and6,000-square-feet-indoor walking track; and, full
 
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for access and special education; WHEREAS, Our country needs a more educated workforce and a facility that will be able to teachmath and science in a 21st century environment andone that will accommodate our growing arts, sports,and technological programs; WHEREAS, The proposed facility meets the needs of the students to compete in a technologically advanced, global economy and to attract the bestteachers; WHEREAS, after diligent study of the alternatives,Franklin is pursuing a Model School which providesadditional state reimbursement and minimizes therisk of costly change orders and delays; WHEREAS, The current learning environment willremain intact throughout the project and students will transition into the new building withinapproximately 24 months from groundbreaking;and WHEREAS, If the proposed plan were not approved,the remaining alternatives would be more costly,including the potential for a loss of MSBAreimbursement funds, the likelihood of higherinterest rates, and additional costs to maintain thecurrent facility;

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