Hastings school ADA construction funding request on hold


Hastings Elementary School is located off East Main St. in Westborough. Hastings students will wear masks when they return to school following a recent decision by the Westborough Board of Health.
Hastings Elementary School is located off East Main St. in Westborough. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – One of the capital budget items from Westborough Public Schools (WPS) that is part of the annual Town Meeting warrant will be put on hold for now.

During the School Committee meeting on March 15, WPS Superintendent Amber Bock recommended that the item on Americans with Disabilities Act construction for Hastings Elementary School be passed over at Town Meeting.

The reason – a lack of specific budget numbers. Bock said there were no bids from potential subcontractors.

“We don’t want to go to Town Meeting with general numbers,” said Bock. “I recommend a vote [from the committee] to pass over Hastings until we can rebid.”

“It makes no sense to go to Town Meeting without a number,” said Chair Stephen Doret.

Bock said she hopes to have the item before fall Town Meeting.

The committee voted 5-0 to pass over the item.

The other two capital items sponsored by the School Department received a “reaffirming” vote of support from the committee.

One request would be a transfer from free cash of $132,000 toward architectural design and engineering work for the roof at Mill Pond Elementary School.

The other request is for $504,000 toward architectural design and engineering work to replace the roof at Hastings.

All three items are within Article 10 of the warrant. Bock plans to have a presentation on all three items during Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25.

Welcoming new members

Jakub Moskal and Sarah Shamsuddin, who were elected to the School Committee the day before, were formally welcomed to the committee.

Thank you for stepping up to serve,” said Bock.

The committee voted to have Stephen Doret as chairman and Kristen Vincent as vice chair/secretary.


Official election results for Westborough

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