December 3, 2009



These notes were prepared by Polly Ward to the best of her understanding. If you find any inaccuracies, please contact the Superintendent of Schools Office at 871-0555 within one week after receiving the notes.

Present: Molly Aldrich, Steve Bailey, Ralph Baxter, Maxine Beecher, Ellen Benson, Tom Blake, Ralph Cabana, Dan Cecil, Frank Crabtree, Jeanne Crocker, Kathy Germani, Suzanne Godin, Carrie Hall-Indorf, Ross Little, Greg Marles, Randy Martin, Eric Mills, Dan Robbins, Scott Pakulski, Polly Ward, Megan Welter, Kevin Woodhouse

Guests: Susan Adams, Roger Allen, Rick Carter, Sara Goldberg, Alan Livingston, Jerald McQueeney

  1. Minutes of November 19, 2009

• Minutes approved

  1. LEED/Green Building systems

• LEED – most recognizable green building standards – third party verification that a building is green

• The most important factor in saving energy is the building envelope

• It appears that the new building component of the project can meet LEED standards. LEED certification and the renovation component of the building will still need to be determined

• Might want to put the LEED Certification fees on as an alternate – let the voters decide if they want to pursue this

  1. SPHS Full Project Review

• This discussion began with the studies of SPHS and both middle schools that were done 4-5 years ago

• The Committee began working on the H.S. plan in 2006

• The Committee began revising the H.S. scheme in September 2009 with hope for a new referendum in June 2010

• The Committee started discussion of the latest revisions to the building by going through all of the components of the building that went to referendum

• A survey was done to determine what components of the referendum scheme were not supported by the voters

• A list was made of the components that worked well for the building

• There were explanations of site and storm water treatment issues

• The current plan consolidates site utilities – a lot of re-routing of utilities will be required

• This latest scheme represents a reduction of 29,000 sq. ft. from the scheme that went to referendum

• If we have a successful June 2010 referendum, work would start in June 2011

◦ Relocation of power distribution needs to be done during the first summer

• Staging plans and potential impact on project costs were discussed

• A request was made for a handout of the pros and cons of a June v. November referendum

  1. Public Comments

• A question was raised about the durability/life of recycled material

• A dry pond similar to the one we talked about can be seen at Cheverus

• A question was raised about whether Westbrook Middle School is LEED Certified – it isn’t because they decided not to pursue the paperwork

• Question about added cost of computerized energy management system – currently done in-house

• Support for investing in this school is needed

• Suggestion that we may be able to find 10-15 minutes of the video tape from this meeting that could be boiled down to take to PTA’s, etc.

  1. Next meeting date: December 17, 2009 – SPHS Library, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

• Cost of the whole project and particular components

• Additional meeting scheduled on January 7, 2010 to discuss the project and the costs

• Next meetings:

◦ January 14, 2010

◦ January 28, 2010