New School FAQ

TABLE OF CONTENTS


School Size & Design

Site

Safety

Energy Sources

Sports Fields

Administration & Staffing

What’s Included in The Cost?

Other Capital

Savings, Taxes, and Debt Service

Project Timeline and Communication




SCHOOL SIZE & DESIGN


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  1. How was the size of the facility determined? 10-19-18

  2. Will there be windows into the enclosed outdoor gathering area? Are they in classrooms and, if so, will this be a disruptive factor? 10-19-18

  3. Is there an adequate amount of space allotted for PE, music, and art classrooms? 10-19-18

  4. Will there be playgrounds on site in addition to the enclosed play courtyard and gathering space? 10-19-18

  5. Will there be space for outdoor gym class? 10-19-18

  6. The mock up of the new building only seems to have one gym. It seems unlikely that one gym would be adequate for the 900 plus students. I think that two full size gyms and a 2/3 or 3/4 size room would be enough to continue the PE program as it currently is. 10-27-18

  7. Why was option 6B not considered? In my opinion that was a far superior choice for many reasons. I think creating such a large student body within one building is a big mistake…10-27-18

  8. There is clearly not enough classrooms for gym, art or music. Will there be another draft of the plans? 10-27-18

  9. Will the final school plans be made available to view before the referendum? 10-27-18

  10. How many students does the cafeteria allow? 10-27-18

  11. New school looks great.  In the plans I have seen I am unable to tell where/what the PT/OT space looks like. Is there a plan for that space? 1-16-19




SITE


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  1. Is the second access road detailed on the site plan a requirement? Is the cost for this included in the project budget? Does the town have to buy the property? 10-19-18

  2. Taking into consideration that there is a flood plain located on site, has soil testing been done? 10-19-18

  3. I see that the new school is on a flood plain. When was the last time that area flooded? Is there a plan in place for if/ when that area does flood? 10-27-18




SAFETY


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  1. I was so excited to view and hear about the new school plans at the meeting Tuesday evening!! All great ideas and visions. I do have a few questions pertaining to the safety of the building. As an educator myself, I don’t take lightly to keeping schools safe. My concern is with the designated outside areas that are enclosed throughout the communities on the plan. Yes that would make for a safe outside environment, but I can’t help but wonder if an emergency were to arise and their was a fire or gunmen, how would the children be able to evacuate that area if the fire/gunmen were to enter that area from within the school and say open fire? It’s a scary scenario, but being trapped with no exit to the outside area accept back through the school is scarier in a crisis situation. Sorry for the horrifying scenario, but when Sandy Hook occurred, children literally ran from the school to the fire house and neighbors. I would want my child to be able to run from an enclosed area as fast as possible too. My other safety question has to do with bullet proof glass. Will the school entrance and ground floor windows be equipped with bullet proof glass? The classroom doors are of concern too. Their are doors made now that close and lock automatically, will their be some new improved doors in the classrooms that will be able to do this in emergency situations? Also, will there be a designated area in the classrooms to take shelter besides in a bathroom or closet? I would greatly appreciate more information pertaining to the safety aspect of the plans. I would love to see them mapped out in the plans! 10-27-18

  1. Since the building will be heated by natural gas, is there a plan in place to be able to evacuate all of the children outside of a blast radius quickly should a leak occur? 10-27-18



ENERGY SOURCES


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  1. Is there consideration to include solar energy in the new project? Are there rebates available if we do this? 10-19-18

  2. Is heating oil used as the fuel source for the energy figures? 10-19-18

  3. Have the new school buildings' site orientation been planned so that there can be maximum use of solar roof panels ? Will there be plenty of southwest facing roofs? 1-11-19

  4. Will the aesthetic exterior design of the school and the building materials strive to lower energy costs over the long term ?  Will the school have a high LEED rating 1-11-19

  5. In the same vein, do you already have specific ideas in mind and have factored in any initial costs to achieve this goal? 1-11-19




SPORTS FIELDS


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  1. What is the plan for sports fields’ utility during the 18 months of construction, before those fields are reestablished in their new location on site? 10-19-18




ADMINISTRATION & STAFFING


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  1. What will the administrative structure of the new building look like? 10-19-18




WHAT HAPPENS WITH CENTER SCHOOL?


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  1. Is consideration made in the 10‐year plan for refurbishing CES? 10-19-18

  2. In the preferred option “C” it states “Repurpose of Center School” Could you explain in greater detail exactly what that means? As and available asset once the project is completed I would think that it would be utilized financially in some fashion to help pay for the overall project reducing the financial burden on the residence of Brookfield. 10-27-18




NEEDS AT OTHER SCHOOLS


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  1. When are the upgrades proposed for WMS to be addressed? 10-19-18

  2. Will necessary capital improvements still be undertaken as needed at BHS and WMS? 10-19-18




OTHER OPTIONS


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  1. Why was option 6b not considered? In my opinion that was a far superior choice for many reasons. I think creating such a large student body within one building is a big mistake. 10-27-18




WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?


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  1. What determines the 18.25% soft costs associated with the project? 10-19-18

  2. Is the cost of the generator upgrade and shower facilities added to enable the school to be used as an emergency shelter included in the project budget? What are these costs? 10-19-18

  3. Is the second access road detailed on the site plan a requirement? Is the cost for this included in the project budget? Does the town have to buy the property? 10-19-18

  4. Is there an adequate amount of space allotted for PE, music, and art classrooms? 10-19-18

  5. Will there be playgrounds on site in addition to the enclosed play courtyard and gathering space? 10-19-18

  6. Have these "soft costs" been factored in already for the art room(s)? -large lockable cabinets to store paints and other art supplies. -one or more large, laundry sinks. -special ventilation fans to remove paint fumes. -large built in counters that are very durable and cleanable. -black out curtains to allow maximum projection screen viewing. 1-11-19



OTHER CAPITAL


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  1. Does this project impact or prevent us from other improvements or projects, such as the police radios? 10-19-18

  2. Is consideration made in the 10‐year plan for refurbishing CES? 10-19-18

  3. Will necessary capital improvements still be undertaken as needed at BHS and WMS? 10-19-18




SAVINGS, TAXES, AND DEBT SERVICE


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  1. Will the debt service for the project decrease as other debt is paid off? 10-19-18

  2. What are the annual cost savings described? 10-19-18

  3. When would a homeowner first see a tax impact of the new school project? 10-19-18

  4. In the preferred option “C” it states “Repurpose of Center School” Could you explain in greater detail exactly what that means? As and available asset once the project is completed I would think that it would be utilized financially in some fashion to help pay for the overall project reducing the financial burden on the residence of Brookfield. 10-27-18

  5. Just a thought, my family and I moved here from Yonkers, NY where there is a transfer tax imposed on sale of homes could something similar happen? Let's be realist here if we build a state of the art high tech building everyone's home value will increase as there will be greater demand to move in. So impose say a 1.5% school tax on the sale of private home and 3% school tax of the sale of commercial properties larger than 2 units, Developers should not reap the rewards of the hard work the town's people are putting into this project. Not saying this will be a solution to the large debt this town is going to undertake, but possibly some financial assistance. 10-27-18

  6. It was quoted that approximately $200,000 in taxpayer costs will be reduced because we are closing 2 schools, however, Center School will be re-purposed, and thus still be a tax payer expense. Where is this $200,000 taxpayer savings coming from? 10-27-18

  7. How much does each resident pay for the new school project? We need to plan ahead...how much are taxes going to increase in 2022? 1-17-19




PROJECT TIMELINE AND COMMUNICATION


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  1. What is the timeline/schedule for this proposal? 10-19

  2. Will there be a primary spokesperson for the project, and a communication plan to garner community support for the referendum? 10-19-18

  3. Will the final school plans be made available to view before the referendum? 10-27-18

  4. The town website for the new school just had a pop up of a Town Meeting for Jan.15.  Where and when will it be and will there be discussion of the new school? 1-11-19

  5. If the referendum is passed in March 2019, when and where will detailed plans be available for public comment? Will the architects be willing to alter any of their plans? Will the construction company chosen be allowed be alter the architects' plans in any major way? 1-11-18