Westborough schools mull study of buildings and grounds

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Westborough schools mull study of buildings and grounds
The Armstrong School is located at 18 Fisher Street in Westborough. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – As Westborough Public Schools (WPS) continues to plan for fiscal 2024, school officials are looking farther into the future.

During the School Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, members discussed the possibility of a study for the schools’ buildings and grounds — something that has not been done in 15 years.

The proposed study would assess every WPS facility except Fales Elementary School, which recently opened. The study would help the schools update the long-range capital plan.

Inquiries were sent to six vendors, with three coming back with bids. The committee favored the bid submitted by Russo Barr Associates Inc. It was not only the lowest bid at $155,540, but it seemed to fulfill much of what the schools would like to see in the study.

“Theirs was the most responsive bid,” said Superintendent Amber Bock. “They look at everything.”

According to David Gordon, director of finance and administration, the schools have yet to identify a funding source to pay for the study. Bock proposed having the study done over two budget cycles.

Pending a reference check, the committee will make a final decision at its next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18.