Progress for the problem of the Center School was a priority topic at the School Committee Meeting last night.
The School Committee and Board of Selectman met last Sunday to discuss the situation and had scheduled a tentative date of Thursday, October 20 for a meeting with the MSBA but the MSBA declined. The date and time were not convenient for them.
Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema were also to be in attendance.
In the meantime, the selectmen and the school committee have hashed out a few details. Both groups want to identify the parameters in which the MSBA will still allow the town to use the current grant. In addition, both groups wish to create a plan for community outreach that will allow them to get feedback from voters as to what they want.
“We are looking for any opportunity,” Selectman Brian Herr said, “for a dialogue with the current grant.”
The growing concern expressed by Superintendent Jonathan Landman; however, is that the town and the MSBA have two different agendas.
According to the Chief of Staff at Senator Karen Spilka’s office, the MSBA has several questions that do not seem to pertain to any other properties besides Fruit St.
“They want it to be on Fruit Street, our questions are more broad.” Nancy Burdick, School Committee member, said. “Maybe Fruit Street is it for this grant money.”
In the meantime, the School Committee intends to move forward by reaching out to the community to find out what it would most like to see as a solution to the Center School.
The School Committee has set up three public forums to allow the community to share their thoughts regarding the elementary school. The first of these forums is on Wednesday, November 2 at 10 am at the Hopkinton Fire Station.
Information from these forums will be used to create a community wide survey for voters.
The School Committee’s hope is that the MSBA will be willing to work with whatever solution the town would most like to see.
The real question comes from Burdick, and as of yet, has no answer.
“Will you give us money,” Burdick asked of the MSBA “for any project that the community will support?”