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Framingham City Council Sets Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote Date

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 Framingham City Council Sets Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote Date

Framingham, MA - October 17, 2018: Yesterday, the Framingham City Council voted to set the Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote date for the Fuller Middle School Project. The date for the Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote will be Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Setting the Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote date brings the City and Framingham Public Schools one step closer to replacing the existing Fuller Middle School with a brand-new facility equipped to support Framingham’s 21st century educational curriculum. 

“Last night the City Council unanimously concurred with the School Building and School Committee’s recommendation to schedule an election on December 11, 2018 for residents to consider the Fuller Middle School Building Project,” said Councilor Charlie Sisitsky, Vice Chair and District 1 Member. “We are approaching the final phase of a six year effort to design a school to meet the needs of our community for decades to come in an affordable manner with sizable state support. I expect the robust public information effort to present the facts to voters will continue and ramp up in the coming weeks now that the election date has been formally set.”

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the project funding request for the project at their October 30, 2018 meeting. The project cost is estimated to be $98.3 million, which will be offset by a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) of $39.5 million. The cost to the City will be approximately $58.8 million. This equates to an average annual increase of $101 to the average residential taxpayer over the life of the twenty-year bond.

The Fuller Middle School project is a new three-story construction with a learning commons/cafeteria at the core surrounded by collaboration balconies fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 420-seat auditorium, and full-building air conditioning. Additionally, there will be space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) instructional areas.

The School Building Committee has led this 18-month long feasibility study to determine the best solution to the aging Fuller Middle School, which was formerly the Framingham South High School. Over the course of the study, the School Building Committee held 27 Committee meetings, open to the public, and hosted 8 community forums. The next community forums will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6-8pm and Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6-8pm at the Fuller Middle School. Additional information on the project can be found at: www.fullerbuildingproject.com.


About the School Building Committee and the Need to Replace Fuller Middle School
Framingham’s School Building Committee for the Fuller Middle School Building Project was formed in accordance with Massachusetts School Building Authority requirements to oversee the study and project on behalf of the community. Membership of the group comes from City Government leadership, a City Council Member, Framingham Public School leadership, School Committee Members, teachers, engineers, and representatives from the community.

Fuller Middle School has served the community well for over 60 years. The school has reached a point that it no longer meets today's building codes, has structural deficiencies, inefficient and inoperable systems, and does not adequately support our educational curriculum. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has visited the school and agrees. The MSBA is the state agency charged with overseeing and supporting school improvement projects with state grants. The MSBA and City of Framingham have developed a cost effective, sustainable, and educationally appropriate solution for the aging Fuller Middle School.

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@Framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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Rochelle Santos
rsantos@framingham.k12.ma.us
774-388-7121