Town Hall 3

On December 11, 2014, the Facilities Committee and the Board of School Directors held the third Town Hall Meeting - "Schedule/Phasing/Traffic & Parking" - to discuss the Springfield High School Master Plan.

The meeting began with a presentation by the Facilities Committee, followed by an open question and answer session. In addition, question cards were provided so that attendees could submit any further inquiries directly to the Facilities Committee.

Watch Town Hall Meeting 3: Schedule/Phasing/Traffic & Parking on SETV

Watch Town Hall Meeting 3: Q&A on SETV

View the presentation .pdf for Town Hall Meeting 3: Schedule/Phasing/Traffic & Parking

Q&A From Question Cards

Question cards were distributed and collected at the town hall meeting. Questions have been divided by topic below; if one submission covered numerous topics, the question has been repeated in each appropriate section.



Academics

Does the repair or rebuild (cost projections) include a lump sum contractors bid that will put any unforseen [sic] overages on the contractor. Why isn't a 25 year bond being issued to find the repair or rebuild. Interest rates are low and we can spread the cost over 25 years instead of 9 years which would save money for our seniors. If we buy a new property for the rebuild will that be awarded through competitive bidding. Is the Google classroom proposal an approved form of education by the state. Is there research to prove using this open classroom is effective. I took a college business course recently that went over the Google floor plan. Google has an open floor plan to save on room because alot [sic] of their employees work out of the office. I believe this will lend to chaos (in high school) which does not occur at Google because of a pay check and half staff.

The maintain or renovate scenarios will include 20 to 25 year bond financing. The 9 year phase-in represents the increase in additional debt capacity to fund the construction projects that will be accrued into the tax millage over that same period. All construction work for the district will be bid competitively and will include liquidated damages provisions for work not completed on time. Google classroom instruction methods have not been approved as a delivery method for future instruction. It could be a resource that would be considered in the future for some types of educational instruction.


In File 1 on the Right To Know page, the presentation shows a preschool on slide 31. Can you please tell us more about the "Springfield Readiness Center" and the district's plans and aspirations for this so far. Would this mean another new building or is this a program that would exist within any of the current schools? I understand this doesn't directly apply to the current Master Plan presentations and meetings, but I think it's important to understand the District's long-term goals. Thanks!

A district preschool program was discussed very early on in the conceptual discussions. It was determined that the district did not have the capital assets to support this type of program at this time and the idea was tabled.

COSTS AND FINANCING

Does the repair or rebuild (cost projections) include a lump sum contractors bid that will put any unforseen [sic] overages on the contractor. Why isn't a 25 year bond being issued to find the repair or rebuild. Interest rates are low and we can spread the cost over 25 years instead of 9 years which would save money for our seniors. If we buy a new property for the rebuild will that be awarded through competitive bidding. Is the Google classroom proposal an approved form of education by the state. Is there research to prove using this open classroom is effective. I took a college business course recently that went over the Google floor plan. Google has an open floor plan to save on room because alot [sic] of their employees work out of the office. I believe this will lend to chaos (in high school) which does not occur at Google because of a pay check and half staff.

The maintain or renovate scenarios will include 20 to 25 year bond financing. The 9 year phase-in represents the increase in additional debt capacity to fund the construction projects that will be accrued into the tax millage over that same period. All construction work for the district will be bid competitively and will include liquidated damages provisions for work not completed on time. Google classroom instruction methods have not been approved as a delivery method for future instruction. It could be a resource that would be considered in the future for some types of educational instruction.


Is there a chance that Harrisburg may provide funding to assist Townships with their Capital Improvement Projects?

State legislation has supported capital projects undertaken by school districts through the PlanCon process. State funding was allocated again this past year and district projects were approved for state funding. The senate and house can support the PlanCon process in future budgets which in turn will reimburse a percentage of the costs for the district. For more information about PlanCon, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

CURRENT FACILITY

Has anyone considered the ambulance & fire department should an emergency occur during peak hours in the New Leamy & New Saxer scenarios with the additional traffic? What is the current status on ETR? Are we going to be talking about building a new middle school in the short/long term? Just some advice for the Admin if they move to the True Jesus Church. Get used to no parking and not leaving the campus between 11am-12 and 2:45-3:30 - It's impossible! Safety issue!

Scenic, Sabold, and ETR have had new roofs, new windows, heating systems installed within the last 8-12 years, and are generally in good condition. Those buildings do not have the same accessibility issues, asbestos roof deck issues, size and circulation issues. District capital asset review is an on-going process that the FacilitiesC and consultants work on. The District uses capital reserves and remaining bond proceeds to fund future capital asset projects.

DESIGN / PLANNING

Does the repair or rebuild (cost projections) include a lump sum contractors bid that will put any unforseen [sic] overages on the contractor. Why isn't a 25 year bond being issued to find the repair or rebuild. Interest rates are low and we can spread the cost over 25 years instead of 9 years which would save money for our seniors. If we buy a new property for the rebuild will that be awarded through competitive bidding. Is the Google classroom proposal an approved form of education by the state. Is there research to prove using this open classroom is effective. I took a college business course recently that went over the Google floor plan. Google has an open floor plan to save on room because alot [sic] of their employees work out of the office. I believe this will lend to chaos (in high school) which does not occur at Google because of a pay check and half staff.

The maintain or renovate scenarios will include 20 to 25 year bond financing. The 9 year phase-in represents the increase in additional debt capacity to fund the construction projects that will be accrued into the tax millage over that same period. All construction work for the district will be bid competitively and will include liquidated damages provisions for work not completed on time. Google classroom instruction methods have not been approved as a delivery method for future instruction. It could be a resource that would be considered in the future for some types of educational instruction.


Has anyone considered the ambulance & fire department should an emergency occur during peak hours in the New Leamy & New Saxer scenarios with the additional traffic? What is the current status on ETR? Are we going to be talking about building a new middle school in the short/long term? Just some advice for the Admin if they move to the True Jesus Church. Get used to no parking and not leaving the campus between 11am-12 and 2:45-3:30 - It's impossible! Safety issue!

Scenic, Sabold, and ETR have had new roofs, new windows, heating systems installed within the last 8-12 years, and are generally in good condition. Those buildings do not have the same accessibility issues, asbestos roof deck issues, size and circulation issues. District capital asset review is an on-going process that the FacilitiesC and consultants work on. The District uses capital reserves and remaining bond proceeds to fund future capital asset projects.


In File 1 on the Right To Know page, the presentation shows a preschool on slide 31. Can you please tell us more about the "Springfield Readiness Center" and the district's plans and aspirations for this so far. Would this mean another new building or is this a program that would exist within any of the current schools? I understand this doesn't directly apply to the current Master Plan presentations and meetings, but I think it's important to understand the District's long-term goals. Thanks!

A district preschool program was discussed very early on in the conceptual discussions. It was determined that the district did not have the capital assets to support this type of program at this time and the idea was tabled.


On the New Saxer proposal, Wyndmoor is being opened for 6 buses. If it’s only 6 buses, why can’t there be a different route for the buses? It’s a major inconvenience for only 6 buses. Will such a traffic opening be limited to buses? How do we know it will be purely for buses?

The district has reviewed various scenarios for traffic patterns. Under the Saxer Avenue scenario, the existing student lot that currently allows for approximately 150 cars will be eliminated. A smaller lot allowing for approximately 20 vehicles and an additional 30 vehicles on Speakman Drive would be created. The projected traffic flow would open Wyndmoor to allow for bus traffic to enter the campus in the morning and afternoon and leave via Speakman Drive. The district will also look at expanding the smaller lot to see if the buses could turn around coming in and exiting from Speakman Drive.


On the "New Saxer" option - how is St. Francis affected (their building, school children, access). Why do we need a new stadium when the current one is only approx. 6 years old? This needs to be put to the taxpayers under a referendum ballot.

The proposed Saxer Avenue option does not include the use of Saint Francis' campus. The traffic study completed anticipates a shift of the existing traffic to the proposed new entrances to the school and surrounding township roads. The existing stadium courtyard, bleachers and track were completed in 2006. Under three of the proposed scenarios the track will be expanded to regulation competition size, and the stadium will be moved in two of the scenarios to expand on campus parking. The Act 1 Legislation of 2006 requires a voter referendum if a school district proposes to raise real estate taxes or school taxes in excess of the annual stated Act 1 Index including allowable exceptions. No voter referendum will be required if the district can fund the capital project through the existing operating budget and annual tax increases.

SCENARIOS - MAINTAIN / RENOVATE / NEW CONSTRUCTION

Does the repair or rebuild (cost projections) include a lump sum contractors bid that will put any unforseen [sic] overages on the contractor. Why isn't a 25 year bond being issued to find the repair or rebuild. Interest rates are low and we can spread the cost over 25 years instead of 9 years which would save money for our seniors. If we buy a new property for the rebuild will that be awarded through competitive bidding. Is the Google classroom proposal an approved form of education by the state. Is there research to prove using this open classroom is effective. I took a college business course recently that went over the Google floor plan. Google has an open floor plan to save on room because alot [sic] of their employees work out of the office. I believe this will lend to chaos (in high school) which does not occur at Google because of a pay check and half staff.

The maintain or renovate scenarios will include 20 to 25 year bond financing. The 9 year phase-in represents the increase in additional debt capacity to fund the construction projects that will be accrued into the tax millage over that same period. All construction work for the district will be bid competitively and will include liquidated damages provisions for work not completed on time. Google classroom instruction methods have not been approved as a delivery method for future instruction. It could be a resource that would be considered in the future for some types of educational instruction.

VOTE / ACT 1

On the "New Saxer" option - how is St. Francis affected (their building, school children, access). Why do we need a new stadium when the current one is only approx. 6 years old? This needs to be put to the taxpayers under a referendum ballot.

The proposed Saxer Avenue option does not include the use of Saint Francis' campus. The traffic study completed anticipates a shift of the existing traffic to the proposed new entrances to the school and surrounding township roads. The existing stadium courtyard, bleachers and track were completed in 2006. Under three of the proposed scenarios the track will be expanded to regulation competition size, and the stadium will be moved in two of the scenarios to expand on campus parking. The Act 1 Legislation of 2006 requires a voter referendum if a school district proposes to raise real estate taxes or school taxes in excess of the annual stated Act 1 Index including allowable exceptions. No voter referendum will be required if the district can fund the capital project through the existing operating budget and annual tax increases.

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