All Andover voters are encouraged to attend Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 20th beginning at 7:00 PM in the field house at Andover High School.
Article 7A is a request from the AHS Building Committee for $1.3 million from the town’s existing free cash account to complete the project’s Schematic Design phase.
The Schematic Design phase defines critical elements that have an impact on project cost including: building layout; floor plans; structural, mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems; materials selections; and a developed site plan.
Completing Schematic Design will develop a fully-formed building proposal to a level of detail required for an accurate price estimation, which could then be considered by voters at both a future town meeting and a future ballot box vote.
This funding request is a culmination of more than a decade of study and discussions with the Andover community to address the condition of Andover High School and its effect on the education of our children. In the past 2 years, the AHS Building Committee has held over 30 public meetings; conducted 9 public forums; gained direct feedback of more than 100 educators; provided tours of AHS; and met with numerous residents, students, student groups, community organizations and community members. The work is ongoing, and the goal is to bring forth a proposal, reflecting a wide-range of feedback, for a school that will serve our community for a minimum of 50 years.