FRAMINGHAM _ Framingham School Committe Chair Heather Connolly and Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll issued a joint press release announcing the selection of the Framingham School BuildingCommittee this morning, July 25.
The purpose of the Committee is to manage the process and oversee the construction of a new middle/elementary school for Framingham, partially funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
This new building is anticipated to replace the existing Fuller Middle School.
Committee members were chosen based on MSBA criteria, professional credentials and personal experience and expertise. Each committee member brings something unique and valuable to this school/town collaboration.
“This is the first completed effort that Chairman Tully Stoll and I have undertaken together,” said Connolly. “This may be a school building project; but it is about all of Framingham and the whole town will benefit from this state subsidized project.”
“We are one town and both sides of the budget need to work together as such. Chairman Connolly and I each share this view and have started collaborating on a variety of matters that will benefit our schools and our town as a whole. We’re committed to finding efficiencies and partnerships that benefit everyone.” stated Tully Stoll.
In this spirit of town and school collaboration, the School Building Committee will be co-chaired by Ed Gotgart the Chief Operating Officer for the school department and Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Charlie Sisitsky.
Members have been asked to make a five year commitment, and the Committee initially plans to meet monthly on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.
The committee will meet more frequently as it becomes necessary.
In the effort of providing the community the most visibility into the process as possible, Committee meetings will be televised and members of the public will be welcome to attend and contribute to the process.
Other members selected for the committee are:
Dr. Stacy Scott, Superintendent of Schools
Bob Halpin, Town Manager
Jennifer Pratt, Chief Procurement Officer for the town
Heather Connolly, School Committee Member with background in higher education
Don Taggert, School Committee Member with decades of classroom teaching experience
Rick Finlay, School Committee Member and public building maintenance professional
Matt Torti, Director of Buildings and Grounds for the schools
Mike Tusino, Framingham Building Commissioner
Dr. Sonia Diaz, Chief Academic Officer
Jose Duarte, Fuller Middle School Principal
Patrick Johnson, Walsh Middle School Principal
John Haidemenos, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Principal
David Miles, Former School Committee member and current Finance Committee member
Dan Lampl, Former Finance Committee member
Dick Weader, Former School Committee member and Chairman of the Town Meeting
Geoffrey Epstein, Framingham resident and former Newton School Committee member
David Panich, Architect and Framingham resident
Jen Martin, Framingham parent and Fuller Middle School neighbor
Mike Grilli, Founder and Chair of Beta Group Engineering who also serves as Chair administration Standing Committee on Education of the town’s Blue Ribbon Building Committee and was clerk-of-the-works for the Framingham High School Building Committee.
In addition to the formal members, the committee also plans on reaching out to others in the community with specialized expertise as it becomes necessary.
“We are very pleased that so many talented people are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to this important project. This is something critical to our community and we are already off to a great start,” said Connolly.
The committee is expected to formally begin meeting in September.