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State School Building Authority Adopts New Fox Hill Campus Project into Feasibility Process

A big project proposed by Burlington Public Schools took one step forward last week.

School Department administrators posted on the school website that they are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority Board (MSBA) voted at the most recent board meeting to invite Burlington Public Schools into its feasibility process to replace the Fox Hill School. School Committee Chair Tom Murphy joined State Representative Ken Gordon and State Senator Cindy Freiedman in thanking the MSBA.

“Our prior partnerships with the MSBA on the Memorial Elementary School and the Marshall Simonds Middle School were a success for the entire community of Burlington,” Murphy said. “We have no doubt that the Fox Hill project will benefit many children and families in Burlington. We are grateful for the letters of support submitted by Representative Gordon and Senator Friedman.”

“This is good news for Burlington,” said Rep. Gordon (D-Bedford), whose district includes Burlington. “As this project moves forward with assistance from the State, Burlington will be better positioned to meet the needs of our students. It is a long process, but well worth it.”

“I am delighted to hear that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to invite Fox Hill Elementary School into the MSBA Eligibility Period,” said Sen Friedman (D-Arlington), whose district includes Burlington. “This gets us one step closer to a significant and impactful public school project in Burlington.”

According to the blog post, the Fox Hill Elementary School was opened in 1960 and has served Burlington well for many generations. The building itself, however, has become the limiting factor in student learning and does not reflect the talent of the educators working within its classrooms.

Fox Hill Principal, David Rosenblatt, who was present at the MSBA Board meeting for the announcement, said he was happy with the news.

“Speaking on behalf of the Fox Hill staff, we are elated by the MSBA decision to move Fox Hill School forward in the feasibility process,” he said. “With our increases in student enrollment and staffing needs, a new building has become necessary to best serve our students. We are looking forward to being a part of this exciting process.”

What does being involved in the feasibility process mean?\

The MSBA website states that during the feasibility process “the District and its team collaborate with the MSBA to document their educational program, generate an initial space summary, document existing conditions, establish design parameters, develop and evaluate alternatives, and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate preferred solution to the MSBA Board of Directors for their consideration. During this phase, the Owner’s Project Manager will submit on behalf of the District and its Designer a Preliminary Design Program and a Preferred Schematic Report. Approval by the MSBA Board of Directors is required for all projects to proceed into schematic design.”

“While we are just starting this process, the journey toward a new Fox Hill Elementary School took a significant first step this morning,” stated Dr. Eric Conti, Superintendent of Schools.