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North Reading School Building Project Budget Back on Track

The Secondary Schools Building Committee were able to eliminate additional items from the project budget.

In November, the North Reading Secondary Schools Building Committee (SSBC) learned that several line items exceeded original budget estimates for the school building project. Since then, they have been eliminating items from the budget to bring the cost down.

According to Superintendent Kathleen Willis, the goal remains to keep the project on schedule and on budget. The original estimate for the project was $108 million.

After removing several items from the budget in late November, including pre-cast seat walls and roof-screens, additional items were eliminated at a meeting on Dec. 4, Willis said. After taking a look at other budget items at a subsequent meeting on Dec. 11, here are a few more that will be eliminated and the amount that will be saved:

  • the District Office has been added as an add alternate, $962,433
  • to loam and seed the lower fields in the front of the school, $280,000

The following items will be deferred:

  • basketball hoops in the gym will no longer be automated and the divider netting will not be installed, saving $140,00
  • plantings, saving $180,000

“As a result of the work done on Dec. 11, we have achieved the target construction cost budget with a cushion of $355,000 at 60 percent construction document completion," Willis said.

Once the construction documents are 90 percent complete, additional value engineering may be necessary. 

Ed Canney February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Vince from Marblehead & Bill from Boston, USA are the same person. A former disgruntled employee in North Reading. I'm well aware who he is. As you may see from his postings he has some "problems". I had nothing to do with your termination from North Reading and neither did Brad Jones. But by your posts, apparently there may have been good reason. This is not the place to air your perceived grievances.
Ed Canney February 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Disgruntled former employee in North Reading. Neither I or Brad Jones had any thing to do with his termination. As you may see from his posts, he made his own problems.
Ed Canney February 11, 2013 at 05:20 PM
And "BILL" what is your purpose in disseminating this defamatory information? Is there a real "Vince from Marblehead"? or a "Bill from Boston, USA. And you site this whacko web site, that YOU provided this defamatory information as truthful. I think you've crossed a line here, in fact I know you have.. You have disseminated false & defamatory information on this site...I hope you can back it up? I'll be contacting you for that validity. You have advanced notice, I hope your prepared..Bill, or is it Jeff from Boston, Vince from Marblehead, Bill USA? Or perhaps you are the former " real North Reading Building Inspector" you site. We'll see.
Ed Canney February 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I've checked, no reference to me, the quotes you've sited must have come from you Bill(?), they were removed from your posts on this site, because they were defamatory. Only you have them to re-post on this site. Getting closer, Bill?
Ashley Troutman February 12, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Comments have been deleted from this article due to personal attacks. Please be civil when commenting on this site.

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