FRAMINGHAM – The 9-member elected Framingham School Committee unanimously approved on May 6, a new 3-year lease for the public school district’s administrative offices at the Perini Building in Framingham.
The new lease is for $512,500 per year.
The lease is not official however until the 11-member City Council votes on it. That is expected later this month.
Tudor Perini was the lone bidder for school administration space. The request for proposals (RFP) went out in April 2020, and were due that same month.
The 3-year lease has two 1-year extension options for space at 73 Mt. Wayte Avenue.
The lease cost is $3.40 less per square foot cheaper than the current price to lease space.
The new lease is for $20.50 per square foot.
The Framingham Public School district will be leasing 25,000 square feet of space, an additional 5,000 square feet more than the current lease.
The plan is to move the technology department out of the basement of Framingham High School and into the Perini Building. Framingham High is seeing an increase in enrollment and the additional space is needed at the 9-12 school.
“This will give the district a home for a solid amount of time” said Framingham Public schools Finance & Operations Director Lincoln Lynch IV.
The school administration is currently on a lease extension for space at the Perini. That extension ends on June 30, 2020.
Lynch served on the evaluation team for the bid along with School Buildings & Grounds Director Matt Torti, Framingham Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III, Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelley, and City of Framingham Chief Procurement Officer Jennifer Pratt.
Late last year, Mayor Yvonne Spicer said she wanted the City of Framingham to purchase the Perini Building. That proposal has died.
The Framingham Public Schools administrative offices moved from the George P. King administrative offices to the Perini building in 2015.
The George E. King building opened as the district’s ninth elementary school in 2014.
In January 2015 Framingham Selectmen and Framingham School Committee both unanimously voted to sign a 5-year lease with the Perini Corporation. The lease was from Feb. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2020. The lease was for $338,000 per year.
In Nov. 2014, four bids were submitted to the Town of Framingham for school administrative offices. Earlier in 2014, Perini submitted a bid for $328,000 a year.